Take just a second and look at this picture…Tell me this guy does not look like he would be one cool dinosaur to hang out with. While this may be true on the surface I bet inside he is battling some issues. I bet his friends and society have labeled him. I am always drawn to those who are labeled….you know… “he will never change”, “she has always been like that”, or”there is no hope for them”. I was and am one of these people. I can’t help but think the other dinosaurs would have put unfair labels on the T-Rex because of his short arms. He did not look like the “other” guys. Can’t you almost hear them now, making fun of him? I believe the T-Rex was so successful because he used what he HAD to make up for what might be seen as a short coming or character defect. He was over 20′ tall, 40′ long, and weighed up to 8 tons (pretty good-sized 🙂 ). He had great vision and an amazing sense of smell. The tail was extremely powerful. Rex could cover 15′ with each step and hit top speeds of 25 mph. He could have sat back and felt bad about something that seems unfair or was not going the way he felt it should be going…but he did not do that. Each of us have faced in the past and will face things in 2012 that will not seem to be “fair”. Maybe we will be labeled by people. Maybe we will be hitting a rock bottom. The exact circumstance does not matter as much as what are we going to do when it arises. How are we going to tackle these areas when they come? Are we going to look at our T-Rex arms or are we going to focus on what God has given us to work with right now? Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans that I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for calamity but to give you a future and a hope.” Stand on this when trouble comes. Look to this when life is not the bowl of cherries and rainbows and unicorns that we would like it to be. Start this new year right…seeking the Lord with all that you are. Make sure your growth plan is done. If you do not have one, get one here from Dr. Chris Stephens. Get accountable. Make this your best year yet. Do not let your T-Rex arms bring you down, but rather let them shift your focus to all that God is doing in your life and all that He has given you right now to work with. Today is the day I will let my T-Rex arms grow me and not hinder me. Today is the day I will recover!