When NFL players end a football season, they begin training for the next in their “off season.” This is a time of preparation where athletes can work on the different skillsets that will propel them to be the best player for their team in the following season. One thing that God really taught me in Charlotte and continues to remind me about as I write this post in Miami is the importance of connecting with Him and with others from a place of complete vulnerability.
Life with Jesus includes stepping out into the great unknown and trusting, and God wants to equip you for that journey. Don’t be afraid of drowning when you are living by faith. Your heart will take you where your head can’t fit.
When you understand that Christ lives in you and gives you the power to overcome, you have the ability to change your perspective. You have to decide if will you be affected by the people and situations in your life or will you affect the people and the situations in your life.
I spent too many hours stuck on the pursuit of what this world classifies as perfection. Since it is something I am unable to attain, it’s a foolish pursuit that doesn’t yield any fruit. Grace is the ability to walk in freedom knowing who my identity is founded in and from that understanding, my words, my thoughts and my actions are a reflection of the confidence given to me by Christ.
Every New Year begins with a list filled with resolutions. Resolutions are great but, they don’t mean anything if you don’t create tangible steps to accomplish them. My desire for 2018 was to begin differently than any other year. I decided that the pain of where I was was far greater than the pain of change. And we are five days in and, I can confidently say that I have.
When you are stressed out, you’ve taken on responsibilities of things you don’t have the power to carry. Jesus is not surprised by your stress, anxiety, and exhaustion. He instead invites you to walk with Him so He can give you the peace you are seeking.
What is stopping you from reaching your goals? What is holding you back from taking that trip, starting that business, publishing that book, losing that weight, writing that song, filming that tutorial……?( and the list can go on forever……) I believe it is not because we lack motivation to start something or, because we have lost the drive to complete it.
When there is trial and difficulty that is the place where you and I grow the most. Our actions dictate who we become, which is why we must live intentional and consistent lives on average days. God is always preparing and, He is preparing you for something.
The vantage point from which you see things will determine the art you create.You cannot mentor (teach, lead, counsel) people whose perspective you are not willing to understand.
If God places you somewhere, He wants you to take responsibility for the people (and the place) He has given you.
Seasons change but the Savior NEVER does. You can’t choose your season but, you can choose your spirit. We can be fruitful, faithful, and passionate Christians in every single season of our lives because Jesus comes with us throughout.
Faith is preparing before the blessing comes. Having a plan b is unnecessary when Jesus is on your side. Don’t dig up in doubt what you planted in faith. In the kingdom, there is no plan b. God is your everything.