Everyday, something “new” is revealed to us. A new truth. A new way of doing something. A new beginning. Is it our responsibility to hear and receive it when it makes itself known? Does the decision we have to make at that moment in time move us closer to or further away from the path of true potential? Are revelations the proverbial seeds that sprout within us, and grow into blossoming trees which eventually produce fruits for others to feed from? Should we challenge ourselves to listen to the voices within and be the person our revelation is calling us to be?
Shhhhhh…just listen. When was the last time you spent time with yourself? No TV. No cell phone. No radio. No outside distractions. Just you and your mind? What did you hear? How much of it was noise? By noise, I mean jibberish that is just floating around your brain that has very little value. Block it out. Was there anything that you could use to better yourself or someone else? Now question it. Was there any substance of truth to it or was it just a working thought that sounded good at the time? Jot it down, research the matter, and see if it can lead to something great.
Words are things. If you want to change your world; more importantly, if you want to improve your way of life, find a better source for the words that you use. Stop using words that make you powerless and defensive. You have greatness within you. And with that greatness is an endless supply of empowerment that can will you through anything. Start examining why you speak the way you do? Next, consider the source. You shouldn’t wake up in the morning and your first thought is, “How bad is life going to treat me today?” That’s crazy talk. Find a positive affirmation, give thanks for something, challenge yourself to do something great, and never talk yourself into defeat.
Losing a piece of you, your identity, or a way of life, is a pain so real that it can cripple you mentally, physically, and spiritually. The struggle of making sense of things when you’re: confused, upset, or ready to give it all up and call it quits makes you question, “Why me? Why now?” Simple answer, because it was time and now you must move forward.
It doesn’t make sense…right now. As hard as it may seem, now is the time to be honest with yourself and the circumstance at hand. During our brief moment with life, we’ll face many obstacles that will challenge our inner truths and belief systems. In our hearts, we might create a “sense of being” that works only for ourselves, but is not shared with the universe. And when our selfish tendencies challenge life, it is always quick to remind us, “It was never about you.”
God has placed an order in the universe and you have a specific role. The challenge we often face is being able to identify what that role is. So, now is the time to dig deep within yourself, and chalk up the “L”. Yes, it was a loss, but more importantly what lesson did you learn? Did you get a glimpse of your true potential? Did you notice any positive qualities that you can build upon? Is there anything you could do differently to keep this from happening again?
Life comes at us fast and the decisions we make can have a great impact on what happens in our lives. Whether in the moment or over a period of time, how and what you decide should be rooted in a foundation of truth, wisdom, and understanding.
Some things to consider:
What is your track record? Do you tend to make poor decisions over and over again? Is there someone you know that has an understanding where you’re deficient? Why not reach out to them for guidance? Be willing to listen and take it to heart–even if it goes against what you think. It shouldn’t make sense; especially, if you’re prone to make bad decisions in those situations.
Can you spend more time thinking things through before a decision needs to be made? Will the decision you make harm you or others? Is this a decision you even have to make?
Another thing to consider, stressful events can lead to panic, panic can lead to anxiety, and anxiety can lead to a world of crazy. Pump your brakes, evaluate the situation, and process what is happening around you. Reflect. Ask for help. Seek sound guidance. Pray on it.
Characteristics and behaviors are learned; whether from your upbringing or the environment we place ourselves in. We often struggle with why we are stuck in a rut or make decisions that defy or counteract what we know to be “true” based on our life experiences.
Pride is a very subtle yet very destructive quality to own. Living a guarded life can hinder relationships and trust from those who want nothing but the best for you.
So you’re struggling with a life issue? We all are. Feel ashamed about circumstances you have no control over? We’ve all been there. Being able to ask for help from others in a time of need is nothing to be ashamed of…especially if there is someone in your circle that can give you the much needed assistance.
Has someone come to your for help? Be honest. Now is not the time to pity them, or stroke their ego, but to give them a jolt of reality. Listen and try your hardest not to judge or belittle them. For some it takes a lot of courage to open up about a matter that is close to the heart. Most importantly, if they tell you something in confidence keep it that way. Why betray their trust? It only perpetuates why people keep things to themselves and keeps giving life to the one thing we want to get rid of…and that’s pride.
There has always been a time when something old is removed to make way for something new.
Noah from society, Abraham from his father’s land, and Jesus from his people.
The awesome things about all of these events: 1) their obedience to God and 2) God’s name was glorified.
What has God removed from your life to bring out his glory? How have you obeyed him? What were the results?