“And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to [a]buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. 8 Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. 9 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:7-10, NKJV)
There is none that is immune from the difficulties or odds of life. We become susceptible to the negative effects of the difficulties if we forget who is in control of every situation, overestimate ourselves and estrange ourselves from relevant and positive support systems that God has placed around us.
“There is no doubt in my mind that there are many ways to be a winner, but there is really only one way to be a loser and that is to fail and not look beyond the failure.” Kyle Rote Jnr.
The difference between average people and achieving people is their perception of and response to difficulties. Every high flier knows that, “it is not the absence of difficulty or odds that makes a high flier but its presence.” What distinguishes the eagle amongst the other birds is her ability to soar above turbulence.
The odds of life include but they are not limited to:
- Obsessive Thinking—Obsessions are normal thoughts exaggerated with increased frequency. Struggling with obsessive thoughts does not mean your character or morals are lacking.
Anxiety stimulates obsessions. We obsess because we are afraid. Obsessions are like quicksand. Our minds tend to take us in the direction we choose to focus on.
Whatever we allow our minds to feed on grows in magnitude and importance in our estimation. (2 Samuel 15:12, 31, 34 and 2 Samuel 16: 23)
What we focus on, determines the direction we are headed in. Job 1:5 & Job 3:25. Change your focus and learn to think differently. Philippians 4:8
- Manic Depression—Manic depressive refers to mood swings from overly “high” (manic) to overly “low” (depressed). Another name for manic-depressive illness is bipolar disorder. This refers to a person’s mood alternating between “poles” of mania (highs) and depression (lows).
Bipolar disorder could be a brain disorder that causes unusual changes in the person’s mood, energy, and ability to function. This could be due to improper processing of life’s challenges or deep and emotional attachment to a deceased loved on
It is interesting to note that some notable leaders—Abraham Lincoln, Winston Churchill and Martin Luther King Jnr. suffered from this situation.
Something common in all of them is that they turned their weakness to strength. “There are some things concerning which we must always be maladjusted if we are to be people of good will.” Martin Luther King Jnr
- Anger—A strong feeling of annoyance, displeasure or hostility. It is an emotion related to one’s psychological interpretation of having been offended, wronged or denied and a tendency to undo that by retaliation—Wikipedia.
Unchecked anger makes a small problem bigger. The venom in you poisons the victor in you and turns you into a victim.
If a man doesn’t govern his temper it will govern him — Charles Buxton
“Do not be quick in spirit to be angry or vexed, for anger and vexation lodge in the bosom of fools.” (Ecclesiastes 7:9, TAB)
- Anxiety—A feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome.
Anxiety Attack / Anxiety disorder
“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7, KJV)
“Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.” (1 Peter 5:7, AMP)
Reasons why the odds of life generate a negative impact:
- Living in a dream world—this is when your life is influenced by Hollywood, Nollywood and Bollywood. It eventually becomes wooden.
- Inability to face realities—“It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord.’ (Lamentations 3:26, KJV)
- Jumping into wrong conclusions— “I said in my haste, All men are deceitful and liars.” (Psalm 116:11, TAB)
Dealing with odds of life:
- Realize that the situation will change—“If a man die, shall he live again? all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come.” (Job 14:14, KJV)
- Thank God for life—“For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that the tender branch thereof will not cease.” (Job 14:7, KJV)
- Take a break—“Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast.” (Isaiah 26:20, KJV)
- Have the right perception of the problem—“there they are panic stricken but there was no reason to panic, because God has scattered the bones of those who set up camp against you. You put them to shame. After all God has rejected them.” (Psalm 53:5, GWT)
“For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!” (2 Corinthians 4:17, NLT)