Prepare for Bumps

If you drive a car, be prepared to hit bumps on the road. Not wanting to hit any bumps is unrealistic. Worst, wanting confirmation that you won’t hit any bumps before you set out on your journey is plain crippling.

If you want to build a house, be prepared to get a little bit of mud on your nails. Not wanting to get dirty is unreasonable.

If you want to get married, you have to be prepared to deal with disagreements. Wanting the relationship without the disagreements is like wanting a burger without the bread.

If you want to have a baby, you must be prepared to change diapers and hear lots of crying.

If you want to be a leader, be prepared to deal with interpersonal conflicts (among other things)…

If you go on the football field to play, be prepared to be tackled…

If you do anything significant, be prepared to be criticized…

If you pursue big goals, be prepared to work hard and face many obstacles…

Some things just come with the territory.

If you go on the road, you’ll hit bumps. If you build a house, you’ll get your hands dirty–perhaps even hurt. If you get married, you’ll have disagreements….

You set yourself up for disappointment when you expect the road to be without bumps. Furthermore, if knowing that there are bumps on the road paralyzes you, your mindset is crippling you. Your car stays parked when you could otherwise take your life to great destinations.

Bumps are on the road, and you don’t control that. What you do control though is your driving: you can avoid as many bumps as you can and buckle up for those you can’t avoid. And can work on your driving skills (as in grow)–continually.

In marriage, disagreements happen, but you can choose how you react to them. When building a house, you get dirty, but you can clean yourself up. And when you change diapers, you can smile at your child.

You’re on a great journey, and the bumps you’re experiencing are part of that journey.

Don’t wait for the bumps to disappear from the road and don’t try to eliminate them. Be prepared for them and make the most of them.