Universal Response

“Life is 10% what happens to you, and 90% how you respond it.”

-- Lou Holtz, former renowned college football coach


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How do you react when something goes wrong in your life?  You are probably thinking that it depends on what went wrong.  That may be true, but there is a universal response that can apply in every difficult situation.  The response does not involve asking why, placing blame or trying to immediately fix things.  It simply involves asking two questions: what can I learn from this, and how does God want me to respond.

That may sound easy, but as first hand experience will reveal, it is not.   Our first reaction is often to react, or to try to fix, or to just be overwhelmed by emotion.  Regardless of whether you have days or weeks to respond to a situation; or only a matter of moments, pausing, to ask yourself these two questions, will very often trigger a different response.  And whatever it was that was about to engulf or enrage you, will suddenly begin to lose its grip.