Man oh man, I am so inspired right now, and also so full of praise from the message that I just heard
Hallelujah and Glory to God!
I was watching a live stream of TD Jake’s at Second Ebenezer church for their Pastors’ 40th anniversary.
In his closing remarks he spoke on how people with dreams settle for less and quit. ..should’ve been and could’ve been this or that. But God says because we are His, He will heal us from that! He was speaking of backsliding. Not in the sense of you used to go to church, but in a sense from quitting, giving up and stopping in our journey. Our dreams and gifts, etc can just slide right off if we are not careful.
He said it must be a disease, backsliding, because God said He will heal us from it!
I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely: for mine anger is turned away from him. Hosea 14:4
Return, ye backsliding children, and I will heal your backslidings. Behold, we come unto thee; for thou art the LORD our God. Jeremiah 3:22
I am thankful because my sister and I was just talking about this the other day. Listening to this brought our talk to my mind.
We talked about how talented and educated our mom was and how she didn’t do anything with it. She was a career student, in my opinion, an avid learner and a prolific writer. She knew so much and I enjoyed listening to her and asking her questions.
I hope to write like her someday. Gifted. Natural ability. I have the desire, the love and ability. My skill level isn’t on hers yet, but it will. God is not done with me. He just getting started! My daughters write as well, and my niece. This talent exists in my family. In addition to other things.
She has so many writings and she didn’t do anything with them. She could have been published many times over with best sellers. There was this one time she sold her poem and it was used as a country song. It was called, “Blue Moon”…So there was that; however, the deal wasn’t that great. She received a check, but she should have received more. Royalties and what not. We didn’t know. She didn’t know. But she was content with what she received.
I am not saying being content is bad. The Lord does say we should learn to be content in season and out of season. I am not speaking of that. I am speaking of letting dreams die. Letting gifts and abilities and callings die. Not going after what was put in you. Not seeing it through. Not believing in yourself. She wanted more, but didn’t know how to get it. She wanted more, but didn’t have anyone encouraging her and pushing her. We need that as well. Some will talk down on your ideas because they don’t have any. They can’t see themselves successful so they certainly can’t see you there. They don’t want to see you there.
My mom has countless amounts of poems. Deep stuff too. She didn’t see her parents succeeding or being ambitious. Her circle wasn’t either. All of this must be factored in to the outcome.
We spoke of how our lives could have been different. From generation to generation they had not established anything to carry on to their children, (us). My mom is now deceased. I am thinking of putting her poetry out in honor of her. I did speak with her about these things before she passed. She spoke of writing a book and getting serious about all of this when she died suddenly of a heart attack June 24, 2016.
I do have a goal of doing that for her. I hope not to become complacent and let it slide off and nothing happens. Help me Lord!
I am trying to change that now for my children and future grandchildren and so on. Legacy!
Give me a strategy Lord!
I have cousins who are also working towards building legacy. We can’t teach them to quit! We can’t teach them to settle and be comfortable! We’ve watched the previous generation do just that. What have they carried on to us? What will we carry on?
What have you accomplished in your life? What has your family accomplished? Is there something to aspire too? Like is everyone a graduate of college? Everyone a Cop or Teacher? You understand what I mean? Everyone work in the ministry? Is there a family legacy? A family business? Something? or is it every man for himself? No money to leave to the next generation. No business to pass on. No education goals. This needs to change.
When you are in an environment where people are settling and not pushing to do more or have little ambition, that can affect you in a negative way. Some go against the grain and push back. Sadly, many go with it and do the same. They become what they see.
A product of their environment.
Which am I? Both I think. At different times.
I have pushed myself, and other times I have settled comfortably. Nothing much happens in the comfortable part. Same ole, same ole. I am more mindful of the company I keep.
I don’t want comfortable.
There’s no progress.
God wants so much for us. He has plans for our lives, but that does require us doing something as well.
“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9
Stay in it! Go for it! Believe it!
Do you have a dream or vision? Go for it! Takes steps towards it and watch what God does.
I am speaking to myself too. Sometimes my dreams scare me, because I am like, “how Lord?” I know what I want, but I know that it can only be achieved with You. They are too big. There is a saying that it’s not big enough if it doesn’t scare you.
I am excited and scared LOL to be open and honest. I can’t see what’s next, but I will never get there if I don’t take steps and MOVE. I have to make a move. I have already started making moves while I am down fighting cancer because of a word the Lord spoke to me. I received it, and then I started asking “how?” LOL
What a question to ask the Creator of the Universe. I had to laugh myself.
I may not know ‘how’, but I know WHO.
That is all I need.
I just wanted to jump on and write this. Hope it encouraged you.
Have a good night.
Walk it Out