If he were still living Theodor Seuss Geisel, would be 112 today. Although I never met the man, I appreciated the wit and wisdom of this man who was better-known by his pen name Dr. Seuss.
As a tribute to him, I want to share a couple of quotes from some of his books:
- You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And you are the one who’ll decide where to go.
- I’ve heard there are troubles of more than one kind; some come from ahead, and some come from behind. But I’ve brought a big bat. I’m all ready, you see; now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!
- Why fit in when you were born to stand out?
- So be sure when you step, step with care and great tact. And remember that life’s a great balancing act. And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed!
- Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!
- You ought to be thankful, a whole heaping lot, for the places and people you’re lucky you’re not!
The writings of Dr. Seuss remind me of another wordsmith; Solomon said, “A well-spoken word at just the right moment is like golden apples in settings of silver (Proverbs 25:11).”
Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened. ~Dr. Seuss
This has been a tough week. It hasn’t been so bad for me personally, but life had gotten out of hand for a handful of people. It seemed that their “can do” couldn’t “do,” and their “will to do” simply wasn’t “willing to do.”
Each of them had faced a daunting circumstance that had rained on their parade. Because of this, they were drained physically, a wreck emotionally, and they were anemic spiritually.
When life gets you down and you’re ready to throw in towel, don’t quit. Try to reframe your circumstances and get a fresh perspective:
- Tap into your pool of resources. Call a friend, a family member, or your pastor, and share your heart with them.
- Grab your Bible and read the Psalms. Learn from David and the many trials he faced.
- Take control of your thoughts. Don’t let the Grinch of negativity determine your course in life. Since you can’t think two thoughts at the same time, replace the negative with a positive.
Before you quit, remember you’re more than adequate in Jesus Christ:
- Embrace the “CAN DO” promise of Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
- Remember THE Author has AUTHORIZED you, QUALIFIED you, and He is ALWAYS with you. Jesus said: “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age (Matthew 28:18-20).”
- Grasp the fact that you have the POWER to PERFORM: Jesus said: “You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me (Acts 1:8).”
Before you quit, remember that the CHOOSER has CHOSEN you: You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit ~John 15:16