chosenforgreatness

Preparation for Purpose


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Fear – It’s all in your head

I remember when fear really first introduced herself to me and she wasn’t kind to say the least.  It was the winter of 2007, the house was empty, cold and very eerie even.  I was alone, in my mind of course, because it wasn’t real at all – it is self imposed.  But that is what fear really is anyway – false evidence appearing real.  When you are going through, fear is not something you connect with at the time, not at first at least.  Fear is very sneaky because it comes from a place that has been lying dormant inside the core of your being for quite some time from a past difficulty, unmet challenge or failure.

Our minds in conjunction with our hearts have an automatic safety switch that buries life unscripted especially when it is painful. BUT you can choose to fight back and be a champion! I was in that state of mind due to a lack of vision, a lack of imagination, a lack of courage, a lack of discipline, and a lack of why. That which whispers in your ears and doesn’t really shout, be mindful of it. Speak back to it. Stop rehearsing the past and living in the present, see the vision of yourself 10 years from now, 20 years from now. Live in the future! Fight your way through the battle – death, disability, disease, divorce, academic struggles, top producer, raising children. Get out of your head and get into life. Make the decision to step into your greatness. Have no plan B, it only distracts from plan A.

Humans have an imagination, a mind, that no other animal on the planet possesses. Be intentional, very deliberate, about every move you make. You cannot move to the next level staying in the same spot. Every person you view as great, had to endure some type of struggle, setback, disaster in order to be a success today. I am no different than the next man beside me. We both have 24 hours in a day, 60 minutes in an hour, 60 seconds in a minute BUT what will I CHOOSE to do with mine? Limits like fear are just an illusion. It may be hard but the process is what makes the story so great for the next generation, the classroom, the book, the mentee, that you teach, that you encourage, that you help push and stretch. Be a risk taker, you can handle IT! Invest in a coach, a dvd series, a course, a daily affirmation to get your mind there…today. Be hungry and refuse to live life just as it is. Know that IT is possible. Only your opinion of you is your reality. Be willing to die for IT period.

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“Turn it down for what?” Get it done now!

So what you’ve had some challenges along the way during your lifetime. Is that the only excuse you have to stop doing, being and having what God purposed in your heart? You are not your own strength – God is! I have wasted too much time and so many days thinking I have to do “it” in my own strength. The word clearly states that “with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26). Therefore, You nor I are never alone in this thing called life. So, why should we turn it down…turn it up!

Take a moment to take inventory of unfinished projects that you have started. Are any of these yours: an unfinished marriage, unfinished schooling, unfinished bills to be paid off, unfinished health appointments, unfinished books to be written? How many things have you tapped out of just because you felt it was too hard or said “it’s taking too long”? Patience is a virtue and your best friend when it comes to the promises of God.

According to John 16:33, “Trouble you will have with you always but take heart, I have overcome the world”, the Lord says so be encouraged. Be prepared for it. History has proven that challenges will come whenever you take a step to move in the direction of getting “it” done. Do not compare yourself with others. As a Christian, our tests, trials and tribulations are different than what others face. In the past, I took too much time facing challenges focusing only on my own abilities. But yet, I say my father owns “it” all and has “it” all worked out before the thought to start the task was ever received in my heart. It takes strength to do what God has purposed for me to do.

Remembering that work that is to be completed by me is not just for me but for my successors. I must pour into another using the concept of “each one teach one”, building on the foundational principles with the understanding that I will not always be here. Leaving a legacy for generations to come is important for a viable future and the communities in which we live today. Keep a narrowed focus. Have tunnel vision like that of a horse in a parade with blinders on seeing only that which is in front of you right now at that moment. Stick in there until you have won. Stick in there until “it” is complete. Turn it down for what? No one and no thing. Get it done now!

Ashes Remain
Here for a Reason, song lyrics

You’re not forgotten
You’re not alone
You think you’re worthless, but you’re worth it
And He calls you His own
Made in His image
You were made for more
You think there is no plan, that it’s all by chance
But don’t believe that anymore

Every time that you wake up breathing
Every night when you close your eyes
Every day that your heart keeps beating
There’s purpose for your life
So don’t give up
Don’t lay down
Just hold on
Don’t quit now
Every breath that you take has meaning
You are here for a reason

If you spent your days just getting by
When you feel useless, He can use you
And show you what it means to be alive

Every day is a gift from above
Don’t throw it away
When it feels like to much
He’ll be there