My wife, Danielle Blumenthal, sent me this beautiful quote from Joel Osteen's book called, "It's Your time."
"For every setback, G-d has prearranged a comeback.
For every failure, G-d has prearranged mercy.
For every disappointment, G-d has prearranged restoration.
For every unfair thing, G-d has prearranged vindication....
It's easy to get discouraged, lose your enthusiasm, or even be tempted to just settle where you are.
But if we're going to see G-d's best, when you get knocked down, you don't stay down. You get back up again.You have to know that every time adversity comes against you, it's a setup for a comeback."
Often we look at some people, and think that they have everything.
But no one does--life is a bunch of trade-offs.
Some are blessed with family and friends, others with health and longevity, and still others with peace or prosperity, but no one has it all.
And if you think they do, then you don't really know them and their circumstances.
In life, everyone has weaknesses, setbacks and failures...it's how we learn, it's how we grow.
Understanding that setbacks doesn't necessarily mean "game over" and that as long as there is life, there is hope, can give us the courage to go on, and the strength to get up when it seems like we are down for the count, and to make a comeback to live and thrive yet another day. ;-)
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)