“…when the presence of God was more real to me than the chair I am sitting on; when the fire in my belly flickered and died; when a storm of desire carried me to places I had never visited…” – Brennan Manning Abba’s Child
Today let’s adjust our focus toward where we’re headed; not toward where we’ve been, not where we intended to be, not where our annual goal/commitment/resolution/push plan/whatever-you-call-that-beginning-of-the-year-idea-list says we were hoping to accomplish.
But let’s seriously pause today and look at the intentional plan of where God needs us to be.
Even if where we are, isn’t at all where we intended to be, God is always there to give us instructions on where we are suppose to go next and what we’re suppose to do when we get there. He’s gracious enough to give us specific instructions and reminds that He’s with us along the journey.
CONFESSION: Sometimes I get frustrated by desperate attempts to separate our physical selves with our spiritual selves. Let me explain. We go about making plans for losing weight, reaching career and financial goals, relationship goals, etc. and we keep these in the neat little ‘to do’ or ‘to want’ box But then over to the right side of the strategy we have an ideal of who we think we need to be to keep our lives together or spiritually grounded. We make diligent efforts to live up to this goal sheet leaning heavily to one side or the other and then ridicule ourselves when life feels out of balance. Why? Why do we do that? (Seriously I’m trying to find the answer so if you find out, help a sistah out)
I’ve heard it repeated that we are spiritual beings living in a physical body, and one cannot function without the other. To feed one, is to feed the other. If then we are feeding our faith by reading scriptures or devotionals, going to church, praying and minding the words we speak or allow to be spoken to us; wouldn’t it make sense that our physical bodies reap those benefits?
The short answer, yes.
The long answer, not if we’re undoing all of those by putting garbage into our bodies, using, abusing or misusing our bodies in ways that might temporarily be pleasurable but in the long term only reap hazardous benefits.
I’m sorry to sound so blunt but seriously how can we make the mistake of believing that we can do whatever we want to our selves (spirit, soul or body) and think there are no consequences to it.
How is it that we assume we can or should only focus on one area of life at a time? What ever happened to do not worry about anything, but in everything with prayer and thanksgiving make your request be made known. (Phillippians 4:6-7)
God doesn’t say, right now let’s just focus on this, then we’ll get to that later.
Actually He says the reverse, He says “hey listen, all of y’all that are workin’ yourself raggedy, tryin’ to figure it all out and having an attitude with everybody because they aren’t giving you the answers you’re looking for and you can’t find satisfaction in the status, the money, the stuff or the friends – you, yeah come here and let me take that load off of you, you were never suppose to be carrying that anyway“. (That would be the Freeman translation of course, that’s the way I hear God speak to me sometimes) #ExtremeWeightLoss
And seriously, I’m not suggesting that I have it figured out (Phillippians 3:12) but I am suggesting that we press forward with the help we’ve been given and as someone said to me “STOP SHOULDING ON OURSELVES”. Grace is so readily available and sufficient that all we need to do is ask.
There’s freedom in grace. Y’all grace is the new strong. No actually grace has always been strength but I think if we see it as our new source of strength we might actually see the scale move away from the place we’ve given it that was actually reserved for God. We’ve allowed that scale to determine our worth. We’ve allowed it to identify us. We’ve allowed it to call us by names that God has never, nor will He ever call us. We’ve allowed that scale access to places and spaces in our hearts and minds that satan has tried so hard to get to but couldn’t until he saw us bite the apple.
What are we doing? Where are we going?
“If you don’t know where you are going any road can take you there”
― Lewis Carroll,
WHAT IF, right there – where you are right now is exactly where He needs you? What if?
What if, it’s in the climb?
What if it’s at the bottom of that proverbial mountain?
What if it’s staring down into the bottom of the pit BEFORE you jump in it.
What if it’s at the bottom of the pit, looking up.
What if it’s in the pit.
Recognizing that if God is on your side, who (or what) could possibly be against you? (Romans 8:31)
What if, right where we are; whether we’ve lost the pounds, or not; gotten the job, or not; pressed in really hard putting in the diligent work required to keep that relationship flourishing, or not; whether we’ve finally faced the fear, or not; whether we’ve given up the comparison and people pleasing, or not.
What if, we pause. Open our hands and let go.
What if in the moment we let go, we realize that thing we were holding onto was actually holding us back.
The extra baggage from our past.
The uncertainty of life.
The desire to want to control it all.
The ‘but what about me God’.
The judgement and nit picking of someone else’s life.
The judgement and nit picking of our own life.
The judgement and nit picking of our body.
The fear of our dreams.
The fear of our talents. You’re really good at that thing God has given you and there is no shame required.
The fear of having goals. And accomplishing them. God brings no sorrow to His blessings.
What if we let go and with that open hand found God’s hand ready and reaching to hold ours, to guide us, to lift us, to help us with the climb.
You’ve circled this mountain long enough, now turn north. Deuteronomy 2:3
The Climb. – Rascal Flatts
I can almost see it
That dream i’m dreaming but
There’s a voice inside
My head saying
You’ll never reach it
Every step i’m taking
Every move i make feels
Lost with no direction
My faith is shaking
But i , gotta keep trying
Gotta keep my head held
There’s always gonna be
I’m always gonna want to
Make it move
Always gonna be an uphill
Sometimes i’m gonna have
Ain’t about how fast i get
What’s waiting on
The other side…………
It’s a climb
Finding Your True North
“True North is the internal compass that guides you successfully through life. It represents who you are as a human being at your deepest level. It is your orienting point – your fixed point in a spinning world – that helps you stay on track as a leader. Your True North is based on what is most important to you, your most cherished values, your passions and motivations, the sources of satisfaction in your life.
Just as a compass points toward a magnetic field, your True North pulls you toward the purpose of your leadership. When you follow your internal compass, your leadership will be authentic, and people will naturally want to associate with you. Although others may guide or influence you, your truth is derived from your life story and only you can determine what it should be. “- Bill George: True North – Discover Your Authentic Leadership
Oh if God is on my side, who can be against me?
Have you found your true north? Will you let me help you (Click here to join the Holiday Commitment FOCUS)
Friends, I believe I’ve found mine. I believe it’s still a climb. I believe I’ll get there, and if God is on my side, who can be against me?
No matter where you stand, God is telling you to move.
I’m really excited about this next journey God has me on and I wanted to just give you a blessing with these Reebok Mountain Pants because #ToughIsBeautiful. Tell me, are you ready to take the climb? How is your climb and your tough making you beautiful?
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