Obstacles or opportunities-James Fowler

God does not place tall hurdles on the track of life to make life difficult or to trip us up. “God is love” (I Jn. 4:8, 16), and seeks our highest good. The circumstances of life should not be viewed as obstacles, but as opportunities. G.K. Chesterton wrote, “An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered. An adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered.” Our perspective of the purpose of the situations of life will greatly affect our orientation and response to what happens. In the words of Epictetus, “Men are disturbed, not by things, but by the view which they take of them.” Or as Montaigne said, “A man is hurt not so much by what happens, as by his opinion of what happens.”

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