ADVERSITY: Often times… we’re inclined to use adversity as a tool to move our career ahead, when, truth be known… we’re ill-prepared, poorly trained, and weakly committed… effectively using circumstance and identity theft to forge ahead. The obvious end-result will be failure, if not, public humiliation.
There is not short-cut to success, as every step along our career journey… has a price of admission. Be it career, family, or spiritual; there is always a price. Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” Don’t get me wrong… adversity can be, and should be USED to ‘get ahead’… but not when you’re ill-prepared and your dues have been paid. It is only when you use your adversity as a REASON to get ahead. For an example:
One should not use the fact that he is in a ‘wheel-chair’ so that he can ‘get ahead’ of those others who have worked harder, followed the rules, deserving… and are QUALIFIED. There used to be, and may still be… a 10 point preference for ‘veterans.’ And, this is an ADVANTAGE that is earned because of their veteran status. If ‘the opportunity’ was based on who had the higher number of points on an examination of some sort… then the veteran would start the test with 10 points. Other than ‘the 10 point preference’…. He should qualify in all other respects.
One could reason that ‘the bosses nephew (or son) could be considered ADVERSE. But… should that give him an advantage over others who are more qualified, worked harder, and more deserving. I think not.
Our ‘fair-minded’ government has come up with all kinds of ‘preferences’ that place some people ahead of others… for certain government programs, and entitlements. I am a FIRM believer that one should earn their way… by working hard(er), being well disciplined, committed to excellence, and have proven qualifications. Granted… there may be some ‘very extenuating’ circumstances that could TRUMP this theory.
The Apostle Peter reveals in…1 Peter 5:10 – And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. Also, remember the story of Job….and also remember Erik Weihenmayer, born in 1968, an American athlete, adventurer, author, activist and motivational speaker, and the first blind person to reach the summit of Mount Everest, on May 25, 2001. He was honored with a Time Magazine cover story. He also completed the Seven Summits in September 2002, joining 150 mountaineers at the time who had accomplished that feat, but the only climber who was blind. In 2008 he also added Carstensz Pyramid in West Papua New Guinea, the tallest peak in Australasia, thus completing the more respected Seventh Summit. Weihenmayer has also made noteworthy climbs up the Nose of El Capitan in Yosemite in 1996, and ascended Losar, a 2700-foot vertical ice face in the Himalayas which he ascended in two days and 3 hours, in 2008. (information gathered from WIKIPEDIA).
….Blessings as we climb through the hills and valleys of life. …cjlb…9/27/2017