“The defining moment in everyone’s life.”

Consider the birth of a giraffe. On arrival, it falls ten feet from its mother’s womb, usually landing on its back. Within seconds, it rolls over and tucks its legs under its body. Shaking its head, it shakes off the last of the birthing fluid.

Soon mother rudely introduces her offspring to life’s realities. Directly positioning herself over her calf, she swings her long legs outward and kicks the baby sending it sprawling head over heels. When the baby giraffe doesn’t get up, mom repeats the process over and over until the calf stands for the first time on its own wobbly legs.

Then, she does it one more time…Why? So, it doesn’t forget how to get to its feet again.
There is a common thread running through the lives of all experienced and faithful Christians. When beaten up, beaten down, criticized, mocked, and vilified—they keep getting up! You cannot destroy them or make them quit without their permission.

“The world will always give you the opportunity to quit. But only the world’s system would call quitting an opportunity.”
Clint Brown

The defining moment in everyone’s life is when you have the chance to quit or go on. You cannot turn back the calendar, but you can rewind the clock. When someone tells you, “You’ll never make it—quit.” Ignore the advice and you are half-way to success.

“There are no hopeless situations—only men who have grown hopeless about them.”
Clare Booth Luce, Daughter of the Founder of the Salvation Army.

Your choice is simple. Stand up and be counted, or stay down and be counted out. The only difference between winners and losers–winners get up one more time. Hebrews 10:36 says, ”For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised.”

“God, grant me the courage to not give up what I think is right even though I think it is hopeless.”
Admiral Nimitz

What will you allow to define your life? Will it be your conditions, circumstances, or your choices? Where you are today is a result of your choices. Don’t like where you are? Start making different choices.