Set Yourself Up For Success
Listen—I've been there.
In life, it's easy to get caught up in the negativity. It's easy to latch onto your pain and convince yourself that's all life has for you, and it's easy to get discouraged by your setbacks. If you've felt weighed down recently, today's message is for you. I'll be honest with you, even though it sounds a little bit generic. Even though it sounds cheesy, I'm going to be real with you. If you've got breath in your lungs, it's not over.
As long as you're breathing, there's more to your life than this chapter.
We all go through difficult seasons, times so difficult they threaten to break us. We all go through pain, but let me tell you something—your pain isn't everything. You've seen it for yourself—just when you think everything is going perfectly, life throws you a curveball. Just when you think you've found joy, life hits you like a train. Listen—there's a silver lining. Just as life seems to take from us at random, life gives us things we never could have predicted. Just because life is unpredictable doesn't mean it isn't worth it. Life might throw curveballs at us, but for every sunset, there's a sunrise. For every dark night, there's a bright new morning.
There's more to your life than what you're currently experiencing. You might be asking, "Trent, how do you know? How do you know there's more to my life?" Listen—I don't know you, and I don't know your life, but trust me when I say that I've been where you are. I've felt weighed down and hopeless, and when I lost football, I felt like my life was over. I'd say to myself, "This is it—my past had my best days, and it's all downhill from here, so what's the point? Why should I keep going? Why should I continue living in pain?" I felt like my highlights were over, and that's probably a familiar place for far too many of you reading this right now.
When you feel like there's nothing better for you, it's easy to be stagnant instead of moving forward. It's easy to sit down and watch life pass you by, but let me tell you something.
Life will surprise you in good and bad ways. Life will throw you both kinds of curveballs. Life is unpredictable, but if you set yourself up for those curveballs, you can transform your life into something beautiful. If you prepare yourself, you can make the most out of the good while fighting through the bad. If you put the work in to set yourself up for success, mark my words—you'll find it.
It all starts with you.