You might want to get a snack and drink before you read this one:
If you know me well you know that I share with you what the Lord puts on my heart. His word for today was, What do your dreams say to you? After much travail, disappointments and discouragements, I have finally reached a refreshing period in my life where I can positively identify my dreams and tell you what each one says to me. I’m good with me/comfortable in my own skin and I no longer care whether you approve of the skin I’m in. I have fought long and hard to get to this place and it takes an even stronger will to stay here fulfill my purpose. (I’ll share with you later how you can get to the same place if you’re not already there.)
The Lord reminded me that the above is not everyone’s testimony and some have stopped dreaming altogether. I remember that time in my life like it was yesterday. As I share in my book, Sometimes all you have is Happy: A guide to obtaining happiness while awaiting your dreams, “children remind us that we all start out in life with dreams, goals and aspirations. . . Children are not afraid to dream and dream big! Somewhere along the way we learn to give up: perhaps after numerous disappointments, rejections or negative influences and toxic environments” (Introduction, pg. 3).
To make matters worse, in our vulnerable state, we start listening to the voice of others a.ka. the theys. Some of the theys really mean us no harm but, like the ones that do, people can only share from the space they are in (good, bad or indifferent). Statements like:
· You still haven’t done that yet? You know, if you want to do (this or that) , you need to do it now before (time runs out/you get too old/you run out of stamina/while you’re still young, etc.) .
· If I were you, I would forget about that; perhaps if you were younger or had done it back then. You’re getting to the point in your life where and that would just tire you out . . .
· You know, I had a friend like you who wanted to do that and waited until they were you age and tried that but they realized they should’ve done it earlier. Maybe you should do instead or just give up on that dream.
What do I say to all of that? The Devil is a lie! If you are ever going to live the life of your dreams, or at least make strides in the present, one of the first things you MUST do is learn how to silence any voice that comes against your purpose/dreams/vision and is not of God. You still haven’t done that yet? Who determines my yet a.k.a timeframe? Perhaps YOU believe something should be done by a certain date and time. If you do, I’m not hatin’ but your beliefs should determine your schedule/deadline/time clock, not mine.
If I were you, I would . . . but you are not me so, again, if that is what you belief then you should do it that way. Your beliefs do not determine MY reality so do you and manage your own house/success and stay out of my driveway and from my yard. Just because YOU believe it do be so does not make it MY truth/reality.
Everyone wants to be an expert but not enough want to share in the spirit of edifying, uplifting, encouraging, restoring and repairing. Life has enough pain, burdens, disappointments, frustrations, destruction and evil; why be a proponent of negativity when you can give life? Again, people only share from the place they are in so be careful who you allow to speak in your life and you who you listen to.
Actually, you need to Master reading in between the lines and paying attention to what people do, don’t do, say and don’t say. When you see inconsistencies, take note:
Misery really does love company so it is imperative, even vital, that you change your perspective especially concerning your dreams, disappointments, pain and discouragement. If everyone else you know has already failed, that means that you stand a better chance of winning. I am a cheerleader of seasons: there is a season for everything and, based on your life experience/journey/purpose/what you have survived thus far, your season can be drastically different from most. There are so many things in my life that God is opening doors for right now because it is the appropriate season. Some of them might typically be the aspirations of a younger person but God did not design me to be TYPICAL.
My life has never been typical and, I am finally at the space where I can thank God for that. Some of you have spent far too long crying out, Lord why me? Perhaps now is your season to cry out, Lord send me, prepare me, shape me, equip me and mold me. Have you stopped dreaming or has life just simply worn you out? If so, change your battle cry to Lord restore me, fix me, help me, show me. I’m a living witness that He can and He WILL do just that.
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Phillipians 3: 12 Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. 13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.15 Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you. 16 Nevertheless, to the degree that we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us be of the same mind.--NKJV
--Alesha Brown, The Joy Guru