Overcoming Circumstances

Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside of them was superior to circumstance.
-- Bruce Barton

 Bruce Barton was a man of many talents who worked in advertising, editing and writing for newspapers and magazines, and author and publisher of several books including a best seller, The Man Nobody Knows in 1925.   He went on to become a United States Congressman.

 Upon graduation from college in 1907, Barton had difficulties in finding a job after his graduation as the country was in a severe recession at the time. The only employment he could find was as a timekeeper in a Montana railroad camp. He eventually found success in advertising and writing, but due to mounting pressures in his career and his marriage, he admitted himself into a sanitarium in 1928.  Eight years later, he ran successfully for Congress in 1936, and for two terms he represented Manhattan's affluent "silk-stocking district."

 Circumstances in Barton’s life didn’t inhibit him from achieving some great things.  From time to time they certainly slowed him down.  But, he dug deep to find the courage to face the circumstances he encountered.  The circumstances in your life may be severe and harsh at times.  If you believe that there is something inside you that is superior to your circumstances you will be able to rise above your trials and overcome them. Better yet, if you believed with 100% confidence that God is with you and “has your back,” no obstacle can stand in your way.

 Application

1.      Have you ever overcome any adverse circumstances?

2.      Did you at any point feel that your circumstances were too much to overcome?

3.      How did you eventually overcome them?

4.      What is it that is inside of you that is superior to circumstance?

- Jeff Faulkner

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