If you know me at all, then you know that I am somewhat of a quote junkie and I keep lots of quotes handy in order to inspire, to heal, and to encourage myself. While I have quite the collection already, I am always on the lookout for others to add to it.
I saw a picture the other day that has become my new favorite inspiration. In the picture, there is a little boy who couldn't be more than five or six years old, running down a track with his arms pumping and a smile that would put the Cheshire Cat to shame. That might seem like a good enough picture and I am sure that you are picturing the little fellow in your mind as you read this. I will add, however, that the little boy in the picture has two prosthetic legs that he is racing down the track with. Missing limbs or not, though, this boy's smile says that he will not be daunted. Now add to that, the saying on the front of this picture states simply. "Your excuse is invalid."
In other words, whatever you may be going through this day or this week or even if you feel that you are having a rotten year, somebody out there has got it worse than you do and if they can smile though it, then so can you.
The world will continue to tell us that we have the right to complain about what is happening to us, but in fact, we have an obligation to ourselves to tune out the world and listen to God. God will encourage us to keep on going; to fight the good fight. We learn that if God brings you to it, He will bring you through it. God doesn't give us what we can handle, he helps us handle what we are given. Endless are the blessings for those who believe that God is for them and that he loves them.
While God will always be there to help out, we also must rely on ourselves to stay strong and not make up excuses for not living our lives as He intended.
The time to be happy is now and it is up to each and every one of us to work on that happiness, to pursue that happiness and to live a happy life
So if you are sitting there on the sofa or at the kitchen table thinking that life has got you down, remember that little boy in the picture and smile because what ever you are going through, somebody else has got it worse and as Abe Lincoln once quoted, "This, too, shall pass away."
Your excuse is invalid. Live life to the fullest extent and enjoy the gifts that have been bestowed to you.