Saturday, December 23, 2017

Obtain The Unobtainable

While living in Taiwan I had the experience of riding almost entirely nonstop, from my home to the coast or various destinations depending on the day. I was doing this because I wanted to achieve a goal of being a long-distance rider. One of the rides I went on, began from my apartment past fields, homes, and farms. Riding along, to my right I could see a train making its way to a nearby town. Along the way, a good distance out, I thought to myself, “I’m so tired. I’m cold. I do not know how much further until I get to the coast.” I wanted to give up. For a moment I began to be frustrated. I took a glance at the train and instead of feeling sorry for myself I decided I would race the train. Race a train?! I must have been thinking rather irrationally. But, off I went, racing on the road many feet away from a train. I pushed myself, feeding off frustration. It led me a good distance ahead of where I had been and for that I was grateful.

It was in those moments of despair where I thought it would be easier to give up and head home, that I succeed. At what? I rode 30 kilometers, exactly 18 miles. I succeeded! Not just that day but repeatedly for years. I used the stress, frustration, and challenges I faced as fuel to propel me forward while I rode.

This taught me a valuable lesson on success. What I’m saying here is this; you can succeed at what you desire. Henry Ford once said, “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re probably right.” The only thing getting in your way of success is fear. It is in those moments of nearly giving up that we grow and may obtain that which we thought was unobtainable. You do not succeed until you overcome the fear of failure, of what others will think, and the fear that resides deep in the midst of your own mind. Success is measured by the amount of determination you have. By how far you’re willing to go to achieve something you’ve never done before.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

H.O.P.E. Hold On Pain Ends


A Husbands Testimony
Last night I went to an earnest, heartfelt fireside with speaker Josie Thompson. Before Josie came up to speak her husband spoke a bit about what they have dealt with. He mentioned that we live in an imperfect world with real, difficult adversities we must endure. He said,"What's temporal? Money, degree, your home, car...but family is what lasts. You can go without the other things, but without family, everything else falls apart. It's upon that foundation of God and family that we should build our lives." He added,"I told Josie I loved her and asked her to marry me. Josie knew I would be marrying her darkness. I said to her 'I will go to hell and back if it means being with a perfect Josie for eternity.' I'm going to school full time and working almost full time, there are still difficult days we face." 

Motivational Speaker
Following Brighton Soloman's remarks, Josie's came up to speak. Josie spoke of the overwhelming struggles faces in her day to day life. Never once did Josie pretend or make it appear that her struggles were ever easy. It was not long before my eyes began to water. She spoke of living away from family and her traveling a bit around the U.S. living with strangers. Josie was provocative in informing the audience of her exasperating battle with mental health. "There were mornings I had trouble just getting out of bed. I would just lay there and not move," she says. She goes on,"I left home. One day my mom advised me to stay gone. I was living life and although my struggles were still there, I was getting out of bed." 

God's Promise
I usually avoid going in depth of my own personal story and I will not go into much detail now. However, I will say that I understand and have family members with similar stories. I have dealt with storms which consisted of strenuous, infuriating, and almost impossible days. The Gospel makes it possible for all of us to more fully face our struggles with Gods help. In Joshua 1:5 we read of Gods promise to us,"There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee." I humbly hope and pray that you find comfort in knowing that pain ends. One day the pains and adversities we face will go away. We will be perfected. Peace will then fill our souls as we live life eternally.