I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it. (Margaret Chase Smith, late U.S. senator)

We are often not able to control our environment or circumstances. “Things happen,” as they say, and we must deal with them the best we can. As Senator Smith noted, we are often changed by situations beyond our control, but how we allow them to affect us, is our personal responsibility. Created in the image of God, we must never let others make us think otherwise.

God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. (Genesis 1:27)