Are you wishing or working? That's the question of the day. I know the question is a little harsh this Monday morning, but I have come to realize when it comes to these two they can often be confused. For many (including myself at times), a dream can come alive in our spirit and we begin to develop the faith to see it realized. Whether is it is a dream of starting a business, writing a book, creating a healthy lifestyle or nurturing a special relationship.
We envision the joy it will bring when we achieve our goals and we get excited about the possibilities . . . but that's where it stops. Soon the realities and pressures of life move in causing those thoughts of joy be placed in a proverbial box on the shelf with all the others dreams and wishes for your life.
I challenge you today to take a moment to pause and ask yourself, "Do you really want it?" I mean to you REALLY want it or is it just something you are holding on to? Is that thing you placed on the shelf important enough for you to you unpack it, dust it off and to breathe life back into it? Is it worth it? Does it matter? Will it provide the joy and satisfaction you have so longed for?
As we fire up the grills and prepare for fireworks in celebration of Independence Day, I encourage you to pause. The celebratory routines are fun, but what happens after the great food and fireworks are gone? Truth be told, millions will sink back into mental or spiritual bondage which has become the norm. Whether it is them feeling bound by their situation, which they fear will never change, or bound in their mind, tortured by their past. The issues of life can easily entangle and overwhelm us for sure.
However, there is a remedy and a way to be truly set free. if you find yourself bound in your mind, body or spirit, I encourage you today. There is hope and an answer that works. How do I know, you ask? Because I once was lost and bound by my circumstance until Christ set me FREE. It was like nothing I had ever experienced before. I'm not talking about rules or religion, but of a real relationship with a God who loves me and custom created me. A God who loves me unconditionally with all my flaws and frailties. Because of His love and kindness towards me, I was able to place all my mess, disappointments and insecurities at His feet and trade them for freedom. True freedom that only comes through Him.
On this Independence Day I encourage you to invite Him into your heart if you haven't already. It's easy. Simply open your mouth and invite Him into your heart. He is ever present and waiting on you to open the door. I guarantee you it will be the BEST decision you will ever make, and from this day forward you can truly celebrate Independence Day with new meaning.
We are into the second month of a new year. Some have gotten off to a great start. However, there are others who have found themselves distracted, discouraged or defeated. It's a good time to do a quick assessment and reset if needed.
What do you want this year? Why do you want it? And last but not least, how are you going to get it. The enemy is clear about the awesome plans that God has for you, and that's why he focuses so hard to get you off track. But the question is, are you clear about that plan and are you willing to do what you have to do to walk in it? Are you REALLY ready to walk in your destiny are you just playing around?
Regardless of which side of the spectrum you sit, I challenge you today to ask yourself, am I currently living in the fullness of what God has for me? Am I actively using my gifts and talents and pursing my life's purpose? If not, the next question is why not? Could fear, doubt or distractions be getting in your way? How about a long list of excuses you have held on to for far too long? Some may be dealing with exhaustion because they have been fighting with the real issues of life hitting them upside the head daily.
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