The great thing about this journey of life is you don’t have to know how to get to the finished line, you just have to take the next step you know to take.
If we say, we will enter into the city, then the famine is in the city, and we shall die there: and if we sit still here, we die also. Now therefore, come and let us fall unto the host of the Syrians: if they save us alive, we shall live; and if they kill us, we shall but die. (Taken from II Kings of KJV of the Bible.)
There are times in our lives when we come to a state of desperation. We are too miserable to stay where we are, even though circumstances and situations say we cannot proceed. It feels that if we remain in our current state, we will die. Afraid to stay, yet afraid to move.
Whenever times like these arise, an internal struggle takes place. Pressure causes us to look at the pros and cons of where we are. If the mental lists prove that we have nothing to lose, we are more prone to step out (even if fear grips every part of our beings).
The leprous men knew this feeling. They reasoned, “Why sit we here until we die?” They knew that immobility at that time would lead to physical death. They therefore stepped out; and as a result, they were blessed.
THOUGHT TO PONDER: When you get sick and tired of being sick and tired, you’ll move.
Excerpt from Nuggets of Faith
I’m ashamed to admit it, but I finally faced the truth and donated some of my clothes to charity. Don’t get me wrong, they weren’t things I didn’t want, to be honest, I really wanted them, but as time passed, the extra weight that snuck up on me wouldn’t allow me to enjoy some of those outfits that used to tastefully adorn my body. I told myself that I would keep them, hoping to fit in them again, but instead of comfortably slipping back into some of my favorites, I tried to squeeze into some of the uncooperative pieces without success. Not only that, the pieces that once made me feel alive and vibrant when I was younger didn’t have the same impact on me since I’ve matured.
I wish I could say I was totally gleeful as I parted with some of my beloved things, but I experienced mixed emotions because they reminded me of a different time in my life, a time when those styles and tastes suited me, but no longer seemed appropriate for who I am today.
Can you relate to hanging onto something in your life that once fit but now is more of a burden than a blessing? It once suited you to a tee, but now it seems uncomfortable no matter how hard you try to make it fit. If this is the case, maybe you need to face the truth and clean out the closet of your life. Maybe you need to assess your life and examine what you’re guarding with every fiber of your being. Is that sacred thing improving your life, or is it stunting your growth? If you’re honest with yourself, you may discover that you are a different person now, and the thing that you once sported with ease no longer suits your style. If you find this to be true, hoard it no longer, release it, and let it go.
Are you dissatisfied with where you are in life? Are you unfulfilled and feel like you are not making progress? Do you look at your days and feel you have wasted many of them, doing things that aren’t important? If you feel this way about your life, you are the only one who can change it.
Regardless of how much you complain or cry about it, nothing will change until you make a decision to make things better. Excuses won’t change the situation. Tears won’t wash the situation away. Anger (without taking appropriate steps) will not propel you to the next level. Envying others will not change your life. You must take action steps in the direction you want to go. Not only must you take action steps, you must continue taking steps until you reach your desired destination.
Even if you feel overwhelmed, you must defy those feelings and move forward. Even when you don’t know what to do, you can start by reading about and researching your area of interest. Information is readily available to any person who will seek it. Don’t sit back and sulk any longer, take a step; get moving.
It’s encouraging to read about those who went before and made it through difficult times with limited resources. Even though many forces pushed against them, they refused to give up and quit. If they could make it with the little they had, there’s no reason why you can’t do the same.
Believe in your gifts and talents. Know that they were given to you for purpose. Even if you can’t see the big picture, do what your hands find to do. Once you start, other doors will open. The only way to gain momentum is to get going. So kick off that lackadaisical attitude and make today the day that you will change your life. Remember, it’s the one thing that you and only you can change.