Considering Defeat

“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.”

[Maya Angelou]

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12 thoughts on “Considering Defeat

  1. territiffany says:

    Wonderful quote. It has been through my defeats and rejections and setbacks that I have learned and grown so much.

  2. My first memorable defeat was so devastating that it caused me to doubt everything I thought I knew as a Christian. It caused me to seek the face of God with ferocity and to delve into the scriptures with a passion that wouldn’t have been mine had this defeat not happened. As a result, my relationship with the LORD grew, and my understanding of His ways increased.

    Thank you for another thought provoking post, Carol. The photo perfectly illustrates the concept of the quote. Blessings to you…

  3. joylene says:

    I realized how important this was around my mid-30s. I ran into a few old school chums and saw how little character some of them had. Yes, I wasn’t supposed to be judging, but for a few of them it was hard not to notice. By mid-40 I felt as Maya says, certain that strengths were acquired through adversity. Then I watched as my children faced their own. That was hard to do.

    Now in my late 50s, I find life dealing many more defeats, and I can’t help wondering when does it stops? Life is a journey, yes. Bad things happen, yes. Characters are made while some are broken, yes. But is it naive to want a reprieve, a time that is only filled with peace and serenity?

    Some would say peace and serenity are acquired not through due course, not out of fairness. Naive I may be, but I think if you spend 60 years praying for peace of mind, something’s got to give.

    Ooh, that sounds dark. Sorry, Carol. I’m having a dark day. No sunshine this week, at all!

    • Peace of mind shouldn’t take 60 years to find… I agree with you there, Joylene. Last October Sandra Heska King had a post called “I’m not Happy” (http://bit.ly/eA2hNx). More recently Katie Ganshert talked about needing peace and said she had learned “Circumstances don’t bring peace.” (http://bit.ly/eAJE6F) A lot of us are searching but sometimes I think we’re looking in the wrong place. I hope there’s sunshine for you soon.

  4. OH, yes. I agree. And also so that you can discover how big and loving God is, to resuce you from the pit of dispair.

  5. Philippians 4:13 says “I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” Sometimes when I feel overwhelmed, I repeat that verse over and over until its truth brings me comfort and peace. No matter how broken life seems, God can put it back together if we give Him the pieces instead of trying to fix it on our own.

  6. patti says:

    Beautiful, Carol. Thank you for the reminder.
    Patti

  7. Diane says:

    Great quote and definitely something to ponder. :O)

  8. Cathy West says:

    Great to connect with you, I’m enjoying your blog!

  9. Defeat has a way of knocking our feet out from under us, doesn’t it? But when we get up again we’re a little wiser, a little smarter about where to look for support.

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