STOP AND THINK – Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start. (Nido Qubein, businessman, motivational speaker, and educator)

We often begin an excuse with, “Under the circumstances…” as if we are controlled or limited by the events that surround us. But, as Qubein suggests, circumstances don’t dictate the future; we are not limited to today’s experiences—good or bad. Today’s situation isn’t determinative; it is merely the place from which we begin our movement forward.

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you. (1 Thessalonians 5:18)