If you don’t define them, they will define you …

The reason many people come in for counseling is because they feel overwhelmed with their current circumstances. As hard or challenging as some circumstances may be, they are just circumstances, they do not have to be a source of defeat for you.

The gifted Chinese pianist, Liu Chi Kung, who placed second to Van Cliburn in the 1948 Tchaikovsky competition, was imprisoned a year after that performance during the Cultural Revolution in China. Kung was denied use of a piano during the entire seven years he was held captive. Soon after his release, however, he was back on tour. Critics wrote in astonishment that his musicianship was better than ever.

“How did you do this?” one critic asked, “You had no chance to practice for seven years.”

“I did practice, every day,” Kung replied. “I rehearsed every piece I have ever played, note by note, in my mind.”

It is during those times when it feels like your back is against the wall and defeat is sure that you need to remember these are just circumstances, and the Apostle Paul has an exhortation for us regarding life’s circumstances …

“For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength,” Philippians 4:13.

If you don’t use this strength from Christ to define your circumstances, they will define you. It’s your choice.