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Thought for the Week
Be quick to protest when you see others treated wrongly–and slow to protest on your own behalf. Rather, learn to use what happens to change your circumstances. Here’s a brief account of one of the greatest lemonade-makers of all time:
Joseph’s brothers sold him into slavery (Genesis 37-50). Reaction? He focused on what he was best at and rose to prominence in a wealthy landowner’s house. But then he was falsely accused of a crime and thrown into prison. Reaction? He used his skills to help his fellow prisoners, even his jailor, and came to the attention of the most powerful man in the world, the Egyptian Pharaoh. He aided Pharaoh, and became a great leader, helping thousands – even his own brothers.
Some Key Thoughts
- It’s attitude, not circumstances, that determines our destiny: “Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it.” ~Charles Swindoll
- Don’t focus on what happened: “It ought to be plain how little you gain / by getting excited and vexed. / You’ll always be late for the previous train / and always on time for the next.” ~Piet Hein
- Embrace the challenge: When things come easy, life is dull and predictable (rich kids are notoriously unhappy). A life that is difficult and challenging, is far more meaningful. The world’s greatest stories are about overcoming odds — make your life one of those stories! “Problems worthy of attack prove their worth by fighting back.” ~Piet Hein
- Hike up your courage and press on: “I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear.” ~Rosa Parks
- Stay focused: “Don’t be distracted by criticism. Remember, the only taste of success some people get is to take a bite out of you.” ~Zig Ziglar
- Take action: “Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out.” ~John Wooden
- Be a model: Rather than resenting or paying his brothers back, Joseph modelled forgiveness and showed them—and untold numbers of others—a better way:
“’Don’t be afraid,” (he told them), ‘am I in the place of God? Yes, you intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives…’ And so Joseph reassured them and spoke kindly to them.” (Genesis 50:20)
Joseph lived a long and meaningful life.