June 26: Managing Life’s Challenges

Red Sox baseball great Curt Schilling strives to be a devoted husband and father. That might even be more challenging than being an excellent pitcher.

Schilling, who’s never been a public figure newsworthy for poor behavior, was asked whether faith plays a role in guiding him. He replied, “No, it doesn’t play a role—it’s everything.”

Curt and Shonda Schilling, together for more than 19 years, wrote a book entitled The Best Kind of Different describing their personal journey as parents learning their son had Asperger’s Syndrome (a form of autism) and as a couple devoted to their marriage in an era when divorce is common.

The attitude with which the couple faces problems—marital or otherwise—is key to their success.  Curt told the Daily Caller website, “I know I never sat back and said, ‘Wow, is my marriage over?’  It was always, ‘How do we fix it?’…You have to learn the difference between losing and failing.  You’re going to lose little battles every day, but you can only fail at something you quit.”

Be careful then how you live.  (Ephesians 5:15)

Help me, Lord, to be a problem solver, not a quitter.

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