Everything is either an opportunity to grow or an obstacle to keep you from growing. You get to choose. (Wayne Dyer, self-help author)

Dyer says, “With everything that has happened to you, you can feel sorry for yourself or treat what has happened as a gift.” Life so often presents us with choices, and it isn’t “fate” or “karma” that determines our decision. We have to consider the options carefully, seek counsel, perhaps, but, in the end, we make the choice. Ask God for discernment.

Choose a good reputation over great riches; being held in high esteem is better than silver or gold (Proverbs 22:1).

A wise person chooses the right road; a fool takes the wrong one. (Ecclesiastes 10:2).