Tuesday, February 16, 2016
You Were Created Just For It
We are well into the new year. We have made new strides, added new goals, and dumped the trash of things that no longer serve us. Yes, we are off and running. Are you out of breath yet? Have you taken a pause wondering, what were you thinking? I am sure somewhere along the way, you have had a touch of doubt, frustration, and even aggravation. Don't you dare give up. You got this.
I have to tell myself this at every turn of my day. Living with a chronic illness is exhausting. Striving to make a difference everyday is even more exhausting when you do not feel your best. Though I do not look like what I walk with, I keep bouncing. I often hear God whisper, do not grow weary in well doing. I have to pause and offer up praise because it is a reminder that He knows. God knows exactly how we feel even if we don't verbally express it. He knows. And with that, we must rise up to the occasion, square our shoulders and lift our heads up high, because we got it.
This reminds me of when I was around 13 years old singing in the choir. I did not want to sing that day, but because I was taught when you make a commitment you keep it as best you can, I had to be present. So in that choir stand I sang, Revive Us Again. All was going well until I saw my daddy walk through the door. You see everyone who walks in when you are in the choir. My head raised higher, my sway from left to right got a little more pep, and I sang my heart out. Why, because my daddy was there. I was singing so proud, I missed the chorus, Revive Us Again I bellowed, alone. Though our director never missed a beat, neither did I. I followed the beat and bounced like a rubber ball right back in proper crescendo. I was embarrassed as all get out, and if my dress was an invisible cape I would have raised that hem over my head and vanished into thin air. To my joy, no one mentioned it, not even my daddy.
We all will have a bad day or week. Just don't lay in it. Don't give up on your dreams. Don't let anyone or anything distract you from reaching your intended mark. It is okay to feel the heat. Fire is called fire for a reason. God said, the fire will not consume you. Oh, you will come out smelling like smoke, but when the smoke settles you will be like polished brass. Sparkly!
Ephesians 6:13 NLT says, Therefore, put on every piece of God's armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm.
My brothers and sisters. Read and meditate on Ephesians chapter 6. Start and end your day with prayer. This is your power source and you must stay connected. Yes, you will want to give up, you won't. You will be exhausted and want to hide, you won't. You got this. Whatever it is that makes your heart sing, you must do it. You must keep doing it until you see the result you envisioned when you started. No matter how you feel, get up, get dressed, and show up for your greatness. You were created just for it.