Responding to Challenges

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands in times of challenge and controversy.”  -Martin Luther King, Jr.

That quote is one of my favorites and has significant meaning especially regarding this last year, 2012. In March of this year, two days before the 3rd edition of the Christian Business Phone Book was to go to print, I accidentally fell off an eight foot retaining wall shattering my Tibial Plateau (left leg). After almost three weeks in the hospital and two surgeries I was allowed to come home. With my leg in a cast, I was bed and chair ridden, could not walk more than about 10 feet (only with a walker), and my attitude was out the window.

It’s times like these that my mind thinks of what Rev. King was talking about. I had a choice. I could choose to muddle in my pity or I could get up and make the best of my ordeal and learn from this tragedy. I chose to keep my eyes on Christ and His plan for me and not the circumstances. I chose to get back to what God had in store for us.

Albeit a few weeks late, we published the 3rd edition of the Christian Business Phone Book and are now working on our 4th edition. Every year our ministry continues to grow. Not only has our Northwest Arkansas directory flourished, but we also have plans for two more directories, including one in Southwest Missouri, and soon, one in Wichita Kansas. God has blessed us beyond what we could’ve imagined.

Sometimes we get so caught up in our physical circumstances we forget that God is always in control. So as we go into 2013, remember that we’ll all have times of challenge and controversy, it’s how we react and respond to them that matters.

“Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans” Proverbs 16:3