Life is not a matter of holding good cards, but of playing a poor hand well.
—Robert Louis Stevenson (photo by Henry Walter Barnett)
…Thanks to Dr. Perry at MakeItUltra for making me dwell on Stevenson and some of his works.
When it comes to life, we all have our “poor hands.” Those disadvantages—be they physical, financial, intellectual, or emotional—that we could so easily use as a crutch to prevent us from accomplishing, or even competing. How many times have you heard the phrase “it takes money to make money” uttered from people who believe they are destined to stay poor. It’s not their fault, they just weren’t born to rich parents!
What about physical, social, or educational shortcomings. We look at others who have our ideal vision of life and we lament how lucky they are. If only we had their natural ability to (insert your shortcoming here).
Life is a struggle, but that is by Design! We were meant to have the specific set of challenges that we own. God gave us these shortcomings not as a punishment, but as an opportunity to grow spiritually. Turn the tables. Don’t lament the poor hand you were dealt, thank God for it, and play it well!