Short End of the Stick

2-17-16 Short EndOn March 1 Tennessee and several other states will  hold Presidential Primaries to select candidates to run for President in the November General Election. After all the attack ads, insults, half-truths, outright lies and dollar bills have settled only a couple will be left standing; the rest will be making appropriate concession speeches promising to support the very folks they ripped to shreds in the campaign. For them the pain of their bruised egos and empty wallets will be excruciating. Mercifully before the next sunset, the media will have deleted their pics, bios and sound bites from their hard drives and then their healing process can begin. It always does.

The way life is structured most candidates lose. Teams come up a yard short. Plans go astray. Marriages fall apart. People get disappointed. Dreams fade. Quite often the greatest treasures are found in the rockiest fields amid the thorns and thistles of pure agony. Being on the short end of the stick is often the springboard to rare opportunities. It’s at life’s lowest points that we are in the best position to bounce highest. More than seems fair, often life hurts like hell.  For some of us that is what it takes to abandon our self-dependence and accept the outstretched hand of God.

Something to Think About

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