Conquer or Surrender


Being challenged in life is inevitable, being defeated is optional. -Roger Crawford

At this time everyone is facing great challenges.  Every challenge is unique therefore it requires an unique plan to face it.

I have faced many challenges, sometimes I think that it is more than one person deserves.  I have broken bones, recovered from a motorbike accident as a passenger, loss of loved ones, marriages that have fallen apart.  

I look back on all of them and wonder how I made it through some of them.  I did hit a brick wall, a wall the crashed on me with my mental health.  For that challenge I decided not to conquer but, rather I surrendered to it.  My answer was attempted suicide by taking an overdose of sleeping pills.

I know now that lashing out in anger that is destructive, I have learned to channel my anger to achieve constructive results.  The former saw me burn relationships that could never be repaired.  The latter, I now explain the action that angered me, it is not directed to a person.  No name calling, no shaming, etc.,

Now, that doesn’t mean when I am challenge that I lay down like a door mat to be walked on.  It means I have learned in a constructive way when something, someone, has crossed boundaries.

So, once again I have to summon all that I have learned, focus on the situation, conquer the situation, and do not surrender to it!

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  1. Biggeneralblog

    Great post.This applies to everything in life even including what is going on right now with the Corona virus.This was a great message for everyone including me to take away key lessons from your life experience but to also use it as a reminder in our everyday life.

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    1. Rethinking Scripture

      Thank you!
      I am glad you found things to apply to yourself.
      Stay safe my friend!

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  2. Chelsea Owens

    Some days, I think to sleep. Who woke you?

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    1. Rethinking Scripture

      Chelsea, do you really want to know what wakes me.
      Men like me at 58 the body does some crazy things, it likes to wake me up because the water works company demands it…hehehe 🙂
      For you I know a baby wakes you up.

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      1. Chelsea Owens

        😀 We’ve similar issues, though I was referring to your sleeping pills event.

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      2. Rethinking Scripture

        Well, I take one sleeping at night. The difference now is I do not have access to any of my meds. My best friend takes care of them and only gives me what I need for each day.

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  3. Andrea Frazer

    Glad you are alive. I am realizing that things don’t happen to me, but they happen FOR me to grow. If I don’t grow now, I’ll just have to learn it again in the next life. (Not very Christian idea, I know, but in my gut, that’s what I believe.) Either way, theology aside, you are HERE and God is using you for a reason. So keep on doing what you know is right. You got this!

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    1. Rethinking Scripture

      Thank you!
      People whose faith believes in reincarnation believe that they keep coming back until they have learn the lessons of life.

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  4. chrissblog11

    Hi would you like to join the hope movement? If so post an encouraging bible verse or comment everyday!

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    1. Rethinking Scripture

      I probably will!
      Thanks for the invite!


      1. chrissblog11

        Your welcome!😊😊😊

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