Real success is found, in many ways, in how we handle the transitions of life. We like to picture success as a mountain top or an awards ceremony or the applause and admiration of the most important people in our lives and while each of these may be a product of our success, the key to FINDING that success is much less glamorous.  Real success is found in the space between those events. It is late nights and early mornings and financial setbacks. People enlisting to help and then deciding they have better opportunities somewhere else. It’s loneliness and misunderstanding and the fear that it might not work out. It’s wanting to quit, because who really cares, and then moving forward anyway. Success is not found in the places that others can see but in the space between where no one looks.

Raising kids, growing a marriage, building a business or getting in shape (or whatever it is you are involved in)-none of these is impossible and success can be found. Just remember though, it is the space IN BETWEEN the victories that make everything else possible!

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Jeremy Stalnecker is the Executive Director of the Mighty Oaks Foundation which is dedicated to helping America’s military warriors and their families who are suffering from the unseen wounds of combat. While growing up Jeremy’s only goal was to leave home and join the Marine Corps. This dream was finally realized with an active duty commission in 1999 which opened the door to serve as a Marine Infantry Officer during the opening days of the war in Iraq. One month after returning from Iraq, Jeremy entered full-time ministry and eventually accepted a senior pastor role. He later accepted a full-time position with the Mighty Oaks Foundation which brought together his ministry and military experience in a way that allows him to minister to hurting veterans, service members and their families. Along with his wife and their four children, Jeremy works to reach the hurting and provide healing found in Christ.

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