We can be the life changer we’re called to be

| February 12, 2015 | 1 Comment

Chaplain Isaac L. Shubert Jr.
715th Military Intelligence Battalion
500th MI Brigade

In preparing for life’s challenges, I always rely on a famous poem from my childhood that I can still recite to this day.

This particular poem has helped me to be who I am today.

Shubert Jr.

Shubert Jr.

The poem is called “Invictus” by William Ernest Henley. The theme of the poem is the will to survive in the face of a severe test. This poem truly hits your mind, body and soul.

“Invictus” shows us that we are not perfect. In this life, we are going to have those days when we just want to throw in the towel and give up and accept defeat.

We all go through these times, but I like Henley’s ability to be resilient and say I’m not going to be defeated by life’s challenges, struggles, and ups and downs. I’m going to be strong and persevere, knowing that if I believe in my spirituality and in myself I can accomplish anything in this life that I put my mind, body and soul to do.

I truly like how he expresses that when adversity presents itself in life, we can’t allow adversity to conquer our soul. One must be strong and courageous, and be ready to confront problems or issues. Your body may feel broken, but never let your spirit be easily overtaken by the situation you are facing.

Many times, we get so wrapped up in a problem that we miss the lesson and the blessing in the midst of the storm. Henley encourages us to always keep our head up in the game of life and never bow down when we’re being constantly challenged by the things of this world.

I truly like how he states, “It matters not how strait the gate.”

He is just saying no matter how difficult it is, I still press on, fighting for what I desire to contribute to this life here on earth. I’m in control of the choices I make by my free will and take full responsibility for the consequences and repercussions of my actions. In life, we all are going to face some life-changing situations.

I challenge you this day to take a stance on whatever you are facing, and trust and believe that you are capable of making the right decision. Go forward in this year, 2015, with your head held high, and trust and believe in yourself and your ability to face all the challenges life presents to you through the year.

Be blessed and may heaven shine upon you.

“Out of the night that covers me, black as the pit from pole to pole, I thank whatever gods may be for my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance, I have not winced nor cried aloud. Under the bludgeonings of chance, my head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears, looms but the horror of the shade, and yet, the menace of the years finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate, how charged with punishments the scroll.

I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.” 

— William Ernest Henley, “Invictus”

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  1. Silent Poet says:

    Good Job Chaplain Shubert!!!! Always enjoying reading and hearing encouraging words from you. Pray our paths cross again and thanks for emailing me this link. -Silent Poet

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