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One of the greatest quotes and most powerful pieces of advice of all time came from Theodore Roosevelt. There was a time during the Spanish-American War that the men under Roosevelt were hesitant to begin the battle for San Juan Hill. They wanted more men, more guns, and more supplies. Roosevelt’s answer to their request was “Do what you can with what you’ve got where you are.”

I can relate this so easily to situations we face in our own lives. We all are waging our own personal battles of life on a daily basis. Sometimes in life we get discouraged and think that we are facing a battle that can’t be won. Just like Roosevelt’s men, we often propose the idea that we need more than what we currently have of something in order to be successful. We live in such a greed driven, “Get all you can as fast as you can” society, that is causes people sometimes to think that we constantly need more to have any chances of success.

Sometimes we get into financial struggles, and we feel like if we just had more money, it would fix all of our problems with money. The truth is, if you are having financial problems, even if you had a sudden influx of money come to you, it wouldn’t solve your financial problems unless you correct the underlying problems of poor money management that caused your financial problems to start with. If you don’t believe that, consider the countless numbers of stories that you hear about people who have won the lottery only to be bankrupt several years later. There are always people that constantly feel like they need more “stuff”…more material possessions in order to win the battle of happiness. What people often find out is that even when they acquire that dream car or that bigger house, the newness of the newly acquired treasure quickly wears off and any amount of happiness that is brought about by the new THING is short lived. It is foolish to think that material possessions will ever bring lasting happiness.

It would behoove all of us to take Roosevelt’s words of wisdom to heart. All of us want to be happy, and all of us want to feel like we have achieved success. One of the biggest factors of success that we have to remember is that a person has to make good use of what they currently have in order to experience future success. We all have greatness that lies dormant inside us that we often do not even realize that we have, but we underestimate our ability to succeed starting from our current situation. Throughout history, many great men and women have become millionaires, highly successful business people, and men and women who have made tremendous contributions to society, but most of these people did not start out with enormous wealth or fame. Most of the truly successful people in life started out with what seemed very ordinary, but they used great wisdom and made great use of what they had, doing what they could with what they had, focusing on where they were at the time.

The only time that we have control over is the here and now. If we want to see positive changes in our lives, we have to start today! Start right now! Don’t put off your dream or your mission to pursue the life that you want. Don’t say, “One day I’ll be happy.” BE HAPPY NOW! Realize that you can do anything that you set your mind to. The key is that you have to utilize your talents, skills and abilities wisely and you will eventually rise to higher levels of success.

Today can be a changing point in your life! Start today! Most importantly….put your trust and faith in God. God can help us to achieve things that we never dreamed possible. Let God direct your paths. If you place your trust in Him, He will help you to rise to higher heights.  I love what the Bible says in Isaiah 43:18-19 where God said, “Forget the former things do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” Isn’t that awesome? God says forget the past! No matter how many times you have failed, start over today placing your trust in God. When you do that….He will be doing a new thing in you. Remember it all starts by being willing to start today, using what we have, doing what we can do, with where we are. Where are you today and where do you want to eventually be? It’s all up to you!

Thanks for reading!

Until next time,

Mark

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