May 3 GROWN UP CONVERSATIONS

Roll with the Punches.

It’s never the strongest person who survives whatever life throws at them but those who God gives the peace to accept the things they cannot change.

We’ve got to learn to roll with the punches making the most of everything that comes our way. There’s a quote I love “The same boiling water that softens the potato hardens the egg.” When a potato is boiled, it becomes soft but when an egg is boiled, the opposite happens!

Life is how you deal with the punches.

Google says that newborn giraffes enter the world in a sort of ‘superman’ position. Their front legs and head come out first, followed by their body, and then back legs. The entire calf appears as the giraffe tumbles ten feet to the ground and lands on its back. Within seconds the baby rolls over and stands struggling to move its awkward and untried legs.

The mother positions herself directly over her newborn calf, looks it over, kicks it, and sends it sprawling. If it doesn’t get up, she kicks it again. And when it grows tired of the struggle, she kicks it again to stimulate its effort to stand. In fact, every time the baby manages to get to its feet, the mother kicks it again.

It may look and feel cruel to be kicked or knocked down time after time, but you are actually learning to move into survival mode like the giraffe and her young one. Unless you learn to get up quickly and be courageous when danger comes, you won’t survive.  The Bible reinforces that good people fall seven times, but they will get back up.

Willpower and determination are your best friends on any given day. So be tough and bounce back. God is not unfair to watch you deal with the complexities of life and not have a better plan in place. The warrior in you will rise again.

Her actions may seem cruel, but she is preparing her young calf for survival. Unless the little calf learns to get up quickly and run with the herd when danger comes, it won’t survive.

AHA MOMENT: When life knocks you down, let’s do it the giraffe way. You have to be knocked down lower than you have ever been to stand up taller than you were before. There’s no time for pity parties.

Life has certainly thrown many curve balls at us and we all have experienced unbearable sadness that we wouldn’t even pray for our enemies to experience … but… be encouraged that your comeback will be greater. The longer you stay down it’s the harder it is to get back up. So GET UP and GO AGAIN!

Proverbs 24:16 says, “Even if good people fall seven times, they will get back up. But when trouble strikes the wicked, that’s the end of them.”

Being resilient doesn’t mean you don’t have doubts and fears, but you don’t allow your emotions to stop your journey.

PRAYER TIME: Father, let wisdom and understanding fill our heart and mind with priceless truths from your Word. If we fall seven times, we will get back up. In Jesus Name, Amen

Reminder: Being resilient doesn’t mean you don’t have doubts and fears, but you don’t allow your emotions to stop your journey. It’s time to get up and roll with the punches.

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