Did you see Michael J. Fox's recent documentary on being optimistic? It featured people who have beaten the odds by having a positive attitude - including Michael himself, who has Parkinson's disease.
"Right now, things are tough," he'll concede, "and people have reason to expect the worst. But I see a real effort by people to turn all that into a positive - to seize the opportunity to strive for something better."
The world is full of such stories.
Shannon Lucid beat the odds. She was the first to break the world record for a woman in space -188 days! But here's what's so interesting: When she was only 13, she told her teacher she was going to be a rocket scientist. The teacher laughed and said, "There's no such thing, and if there were - a woman couldn't be one any way!"
Child of God, be careful who you listen to. If you want to march in the right direction, you'd better listen to the right drummer.
I once read that about 130 Americans die every year from falling out of bed. Another one out of every 400 will be injured just lying there because of the frame giving way or the headboard collapsing on them. If that's true, you're not even safe in bed, so you may as well get up and get going. God told Joshua, "Be bold and strong! Banish fear and doubt! For remember, the Lord your God is with you wherever you go." (Joshua 1:9)
Max Lucado says, "Instead of building a fire in your hearth, build one in your heart. Follow God's impulses. Adopt a child. Teach a class. Change careers. Run for office. Make a difference. Sure, it isn't safe, but what is?"
Jesus said, "For whoever wants to save his life will lose it..." (Luke 9:24). My friend, there is no excuse for a humdrum life. You can make a difference and, if necessary, beat the odds. I challenge you to reclaim the curiosity of your childhood.
Get up and get going, for God has things for you to do today!