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The world as you see today, is a world full of mess and negativity. It has been clouted and cluttered by negative energies. It's been set to self-destruct mode, by setting on fire, humanity. And one of the contributors may be you.

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The door to opportunity swings on the hinges of opposition. Caleb Colton said, "Times of general calamity and confusion have ever been productive of the greatest minds. The purest ore is produced from the hottest furnace, and the brightest thunderbolt is the one elicited from the darkest storm." Problems are the price of progress. The obstacles of life are intended to make us better, not bitter.
Obstacles are merely a call to strengthen your resolve to achieve worthwhile goals. Bob Harrison says,"Between you and anything significant will be giants in your path." Oral Roberts reflects, "You cannot bring about renewal or change without confrontation." The truth is, if you like things easy, you will have difficulties. If you like problems, you will succeed.
If you have a dream without aggravations, you don't really have a dream. Have the attitude of Louisa May Alcott: "I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship." Samuel Lover said, "Circumstances are the rulers of the weak; but they are the instruments of the wise." The Chinese have a proverb that says, "The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials." It seems that great trials are the necessary preparation for greatness.
For every obstacle you face, God provides a scripture for your answer. Mike Murdock says, "If God 'cushioned' your every blow, you would never learn to grow." Instead, don't let your problems take the lead. You take the lead. The problem you face is simply an opportunity for you to do your best. Conflict is good when you know how to move with God.
What attitude do we need to have toward difficulties? William Boetcker said, "The difficulties and struggles of today are but the best price we must pay for the accomplishment and victory of tomorrow." Lou Holtz advised, "Adversity is another way to measure the greatness of individuals. I never had a crisis that didn't make me stronger."
When you encounter obstacles you will discover things about yourself that you never really knew. Challenges make you stretch; they make you go beyond the norm. Martin Luther King Jr. said, "The ultimate measure of man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." Turning an obstacle to your advantage is the first necessary step towards victory.
God promises a safe landing, but not a calm voyage. Life is as uncertain as a grapefruit's squirt. Consider what Sydney Harris said, "When I hear somebody say that 'Life is hard,' I am always tempted to ask, 'Compared to what?' We might as well face our problems. We can't run fast or far enough to get away from them all. Rather, we should have the attitude of Stan Musial, the famous Hall of Fame baseball player. Commenting on how to handle a spit ball, he said, "I'll just hit the dry side of the ball."
Charles Kettering said, "No one would have crossed the ocean if he could of gotten off the ship in the storm." The breakfast of champions is not cereal; it's obstacles.

How we respond to failures and mistakes is one of the most important decisions we make every day. How do you respond to failure? Failure does not mean that nothing has been accomplished. There is always the opportunity to learn something.
We all experience failure and make mistakes. In fact, successful people always have more failure in their lives than average people do. Great people throughout history have all failed at some point in their lives. Those who do not expect anything are never disappointed, those who never try, never fail. Anyone who is currently achieving anything in life is simultaneously risking failure. It is always better to fail in doing something risking failure. It is always better to fail in doing something than to excel at doing nothing. A flawed diamond is more valuable than a perfect brick. People who have no failures also have few victories.
People get knocked down; it is how fast they get up that counts. There is a positive correlation between spiritual maturity and how quickly a person responds to failures and mistakes. Individuals who are spiritually mature have a greater ability to get up and go on than people who are spiritually immature. The less mature the person, the longer he or she holds onto past failures. God never sees any of us as failures; He only sees us as learners.
We truly fail only when we do not learn from an experience. The decision is up to us. We can choose to turn a failure into a hitching post or guidepost. 
Here is the key to being free from the stranglehold of past failures and mistakes: Learn the lesson and forget the details. Have you ever noticed that the devil never reminds you of the lesson? He only wants you to remember the details. Gain from the experience, but do not roll the minute details of it over and over in your mind. Build on the experience, and get on with your life.
Remember that the call is higher than the fall.

(From John L. Mason's "Enemy Called Average")

Oftentimes, we have been so concerned at our ego's dictates of frustrations and disappointment that we fail to realize the lesson. But this article here tells us to just shrug off the idea of failure's details, instead focus on the lesson and move on. 
You can always complain or argue that it's not that easy, and yes, nobody said it is. But if you want to succeed, you have to keep going. When the going gets tough, the tough keeps going. Listen to your winning instinct, not to the devil's cunning and deceptive whispers of failure. 
To  all those who did fail, currently in the state of failure, depressed and frustrated about a venture, an advocacy, a plan, or a project, this is for you. 
May this enlighten you somehow. And I pray that you continue to believe in yourself. Only then can people too, continue... to believe in you!
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Train your eyes to see evidence of God's presence, not evidenceof His absence. If you are looking for God's absence, you will conclude that this world is a God-forsaken place! On the other hand, if you are looking for evidence of His presence, you will soon see that He is with us even in the darkest of moments.
Sometimes we have a mistaken notion of spirituality. When stricken by this disease, once-stalwart Christians become pharisaical at best. This malady can infect any believer, but it more often strikes older Christians who have been in church for five or more years. The veterans seem to be the most prone and susceptible. One telletale symptom heralding the presence of the disease is that we begin to think our own spiritual maturity is measured by how many faults we can detect in others. If I spot more faults than anyone else, then obviously I'm more spiritually mature. 
But watch out! Because if you are looking for cursing, curses will find you!

He also loved cursing, so it came to him; and did not delight in blessing, so it was from from him. (Psalm 109:17)

If you are not looking for what's good, then even what good there is present will be difficult to recognize. 

We will always face storms in life, but remember: Never allow an outside storm to become an inside storm.
It's inside storms that sink ships.
The Bible is replete with story after story of how God's people encountered problems.

When Noah sailed the ocean blue,

He had problems the same as you.

For 40 days he drove the ark,

Before he found a place to park.

How many times have we found ourselves flooded with problems? Often, when I have been surrounded with struggles in the ministry, I have felt like the lion tamer who put an ad in the paper: "Lion tamer - wants tamer lion."
A few years ago, I took up fishing as a hobby. Friends and I would fish on the eastern shore of the Big Island of Hawaii. We would throw our lines into the ocean, and if we we're fishing at the right time and had the right bait, we would catch some good-sized fish. Nearby was a barbecue grill where we would place our trophies. We would take our day's catch, clean each one and then place each trophy on the grill. Even though these fish had spent all their lives in the salty ocean, guess what I had to sprinkle on our catch as we were cooking them? Right! I would sprinkle salt on the fish to bring out the flavor.
You would think that would be about the most unnecessary thing to do, considering that the fish had been marinating in saltwater for at least a year or two. Yet even though these fish had lived in the ocean, none of the salt got inside.
My point? If God can do that for fish, He can do that for each of us.
Each of us has been placed in the middle of a world filled with worldly perspectives and philosophies. But here's the wonder of God's design: Although we live in the midst of a "crooked and perverse generation" (Phil 2:15), none of that crooked perverseness is supposed to get inside of us!
Your attitude will either protect you or defeat you in the midst of storms. Develop your attitude well.
(From Wayne Cordeiro's "Attitudes that Attract Success!")
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The president of the Bank of America told the following story, which took place some years ago.
The Los Angeles branch of Bank of America is housed in a multilevel building with a parking structure on its lower floors. This large skyscraper housed many businesses. For many years, customers using the bank would not be charged for parking if they simply presented a ticket to the teller for the validation with any transaction.
Over the years, however, people began abusing this privilege by making a small or insignificant transactions at the bank and then spending the rest of the day shopping at other businesses in the building. Due to the frequent infractions by shrewd customers, the bank reluctantly discontinued the privilege of validating tickets for free and unlimited parking.  Validated tickets would henceforth be charged at a discounted hourly rate.
One morning, an elderly man dressed in jeans and a flannel shirt waited his turn in a long line of customers. The line slowly inched its way forward, until he made his way to the next open teller's booth. The man made a small deposit and presented his parking ticket for validation. The teller stamped his ticket and informed him that he would have to pay a small amount for the parking.
"Why? You've never required this before," the elderly replied.
The teller, faced with a crowded bank full of impatient customers, snapped, "Well that's the new rule. I don't make 'em. I just dish 'em out."
"But I've been a customer in this bank for many years," the man persisted. "The least you can do is validate it like you used to."
"You heard me, Mister. You got a problem with that, see the manager. I have a lot of people waiting behind you. If you could move along, that would make this morning go by a little easier."
The flannel-shirted gentleman made his way to the end of the long line of waiting customers, and once again he inched his way back toward the tellers' booths. When he finally arrived, he approached the first available teller, withdrew $4.2 million and went across the street and deposited it in another bank.
That teller's attitude cost the bank $4.2 million! Never underestimate the destruction that can be wrought by a poor attitude. 
A sign hanging on the wall of an old gas station holds for us a poignant truth. It reads:
Why Customers Quit
1% die.
3% move.
5% leave because of location.
7% quit because of product dissatisfaction.
84% of customers quit because of an attitude of indifference shown to them by one of the employees

(From Wayne Cordeiro's "Attitudes that Attract Success")