There is a passage in Scripture when Jesus comes upon a man who had been crippled his entire life and the expectation of all those in attendance was an instant miracle enabling the crippled man to walk. However, Jesus first asks the man a question that is relevant for all of us today. He first asked the man, “Do you want to get well?”
We are all familiar with times in our lives where we stood facing a decision for change. The decisions span the spectrum from quick and easy to long and incredibly difficult. Success and failure both bring about a multitude of decisions for change. As we continue on our journey to build and strengthen our character, making the decision to “get well” is an important first step in reaching our full potential.
History demonstrates that for most of us, we only learn and grow through pain, discomfort and challenge. Discontent and frustration over our current situation is an opportunity waiting to happen. The great medical discoveries were born out of frustration and near hopelessness in witnessing suffering and death from disease. The great challenges of war brought about some of our greatest inventions. The tremendous frustrations of a growing nation brought about incredible advances in transportation and communication in the most recent 100+ years of our nation’s history.
On a more personal note, in our close relationships, we really only wake-up and prepare to learn and grow when our world is about to fall apart compared to the relative calm of a quiet night at home when everyone is well fed, well rested, and the bills are paid.
When we face discontent and frustration, our ‘inner voice’ that drives our thoughts, decisions, and actions spotlights our character. When we are facing a decision for change, do we choose to “get well” or do we choose to continue with unhealthy behaviors?
Do we want to get well when…
- Reality hits that our skills and experience in the workplace are not what is needed to maintain gainful employment?
- The lack of a financial plan results in credit card debt that has stretched beyond our comfort zone?
- Faced with frustration and conflict in the home?
- The doctor informs us we need to eat better and exercise more?
In those difficult times, when we face a decision for change, if our thoughts, decisions, and actions are based on principles like courage, responsibility, love and understanding, we build and strengthen our character as we choose to “get well.” If we let our thoughts, decisions, and actions be guided by anger, apathy, and contempt, we weaken our character and choose to bring about more pain and discomfort.
We are responsible for making the choice to get well. When we choose to get well, we build and strengthen our character and Character Creates Opportunity® to reach our full potential.