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I recently read this quote from an interview with Rick Warren. I think is a perfect perspective to take into the New Year:

I used to think that life was hills and valleys - you go through a dark time, then you go to the mountaintop, back and forth. I don't believe that anymore.
Rather than life being hills and valleys, I believe that it's kind of like two rails on a railroad track, and at all times you have something good and something bad in your life. 
No matter how good things are in your life, there is always something bad that needs to be worked on.
 And no matter how bad things are in your life, there is always something good you can thank God for. Warren added: Life is a series of problems: Either you are in one now, you're just coming out of one, or you're getting ready to go into another one.  
If this is true, and God is more concerned with our character than our comfort, then how we choose to view our problems, makes all the difference. I can see each of those tracks as a handrail on the precarious bridge of life. I get to choose which one I will cling to. I can clutch on to my problems and fill my days with complaining or I can cling to what I have to be grateful for and focus on what I can learn and how I can grow from the challenges life presents.
The interview ended with these tips from the amazing author of The Purpose Driven Life:

Happy Moments—Praise God
Quiet Moments—Worship God
Difficult Moments—Seek God
Painful Moments—Trust God
Every Moment—Thank God!
This is going on my New Year’s resolution list.


January 07, 2011 @09:26 pm

I choose to use my trials to grow closer to GOD. Thanks Linda for the Blog, it spoke to me.

Paula Mckissack
January 04, 2011 @07:47 pm

"Grow, definitely grow <3"

Vicki Cockley
January 04, 2011 @07:46 pm

"Thanks so much for your posts and/or blogs. Your messages are always helpful."

Roberta Dunnicliff
January 04, 2011 @07:45 pm


Mike Lagow
January 04, 2011 @07:45 pm

I'm going to grow! I started your book as my morning reading and I can't put it down! I was just telling Carl to let go and let God (about something with our 16 yr. old+pray) and then read todays...Let go and let God~ Does He not think of EVERYTHING!!!! <3 it :)"

Erica Nichols
January 04, 2011 @04:02 am

Railroad tracks ============== Its been 12 delirious days of mourning. I thank you my Lord, for what I have learned during this difficult time. I give praise that I can call out to you. Father, may my railroad tracks ========== keep me focused on the journey and purpose of serving you!

Olivia Acuna

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