Pinterest has tons of quotes you can find. There are a lot of quotes I've found and really liked, but there are others that I just don't agree with. At all. Today, we're going to talk about some of the common ones I see in life, travel, and sports that just don't click with me. I'm not meaning to bash the people who said them, either, I'm just stating my opinion about them.
"You create your own opportunities."
No, no, no. This is not something I think is good to tell yourself. Opportunities are not something you can always create. God is ultimately in charge, and even if you don't believe in Him, there are times where you can be working your butt off and not getting any opportunities. I think you can work hard to put yourself in the position to get some opportunities, but you are not in charge of them. God is. Telling yourself this will not be good and will just leave you upset when it doesn't happen.
"When in doubt, vacation."
So that you can escape from the problems you have in your life temporarily and procrastinate with solving them? Vacation is so going to help that. I get that you need breaks, but nah. Vacation WILL NOT solve your problems. All I have to say about that one.
"To travel is to live."
Yeah, so is breathing. I think it's awesome to travel, and it is definitely a way to live, but it's not the only way. I hate how it gives off the message that if you don't travel you're NOT living, because that's just not true. That's like me saying, "To write is to live." Not true. To really live is to know God and follow His plan for you.
"I don't like depending on people because people leave all the time. Because at the end of the day all you have is yourself and that has to be enough."
I don't really get how one could find encouragement through this. It's rather depressing, so let's lighten the mood here. First, yes, people do leave. We're sinful, and we're a mess when it comes to doing the right thing. However, there are people who will be there, and people who will hurt you but will still be worth having in your life. Those people are hard to find, but they're there.
I agree with the next part of the quote a little bit, but I still need to add to it. At the end of the day, and I've even said this before, all you have is you. Everybody in your life is going to hurt you - a few will be worth it, some you'll need to let go. However, you with God is going to get you far. If you have God, that's all you need. If you don't have God, then it will be hard because you're going to be alone a lot. I can't imagine not having God, because it's going to make that quote as depressing as it sounds. You can't get through life alone, and the people closest to you will hurt you. It's inevitable, sorry. God is still here for you, though. He's waiting, and I'd run to Him. It's not too late to accept Him and be offered hope.
"Work so hard that one day your signature will become an autograph."
Our world thinks that is the only way you can be successful, and I'm sick of it. The only way you can be successful is if you're being a light for God and living for Him END OF SENTENCE. This life has no point otherwise. The world will end, and nobody is going to remember our accomplishments. It will only matter how many people believed and lived for the Lord, so they could have everlasting life.
"In the end, we only regret the chances we didn't take."
I used to agree with this, but I don't really anymore. Sometimes God protects us from things that we don't need in our life, and I'm also really sick of this you-only-live-once-do-it-all attitude the world loves.
"If you're afraid of failure, you don't deserve success."
I really am not a fan of this one. Being afraid is part of our human nature, look at how Jesus was nervous about dying on the cross. As far as if you're afraid of failure, that's part of us too. It's a battle, and we have to trust God ultimately. Does that mean if you ever get worried about failing you don't deserve success? HECK no! Sometimes I think those who are afraid of failing but persevere and trust God anyway deserve it MOST.
And now we'll end with a popular sports quote I see...
"I bust mine so I can kick yours."
Well, then you're bustin' yours for all the wrong reasons. Gosh. Another awful attitude our world has - beat the best, etc. You should play for God and play because you love it. That's not to say you can't be competitive, but really.