I think demonstrating patience is one of my biggest weaknesses. There are quite a few instances where I can grow tired of waiting. & I know that I am not the only one that struggles with being patient. Our society lives for instant gratification. But, you know what I realized in all of the times I’ve had to wait? That I am practicing patience and in doing so it has strengthened my character and mindset.
There’s a reason why God usually makes us wait. When I get easily angered in my seasons of waiting, I take a step back & think, what has having to wait taught me so far? Take it as an opportunity to learn, grow and enhance your faith, who you are and other parts of your life. I would encourage you to seek God when becoming impatient. Don’t rely on yourself alone. Patience takes time to develop and a lifetime of practice.
“Let your hope keep you joyful, be patient in your troubles, and pray at all times.”
It’s okay to start over. It’s okay to not want the things you once did. It’s okay to not know exactly what you want in life. It’s okay to live your life the way you want to. It’s okay because this is your life. You don’t want to go back & see all the decisions you should’ve made or all of the things you could’ve done. You will want to reflect back upon your life & be proud of the choices you made.
The way you feel matters. The way you think matters. Who you are matters. Don’t get caught up in what should be or what could be, but look at who you are now. Concentrate on the person you have become, the way life is going in this moment & on the person God is transforming you to be. & if you don’t like who you are or don’t like what you are doing then begin a new you. Be more grateful, travel more & or do something you wouldn’t usually do. Live your life to its fullest ability. Do not be scared to start a brand new chapter with a different outlook on life. If you don’t decide now, you may never will.
“Though your beginning was insignificant, yet your end will increase greatly.”
Life as we know it is passing us by. We consume information day in & day out about the world around us. We often see the world through our eyes and perceive it just as we would like to. What we read and listen to can provide us room to grow or it can slowly tear a part who we are meant to be.
I talk a lot about the person we are meant to be because each and every one of us are here for a purpose. Now, just think about that for a minute….purpose. We are on this earth and were created for purpose. No matter how small, purpose is purpose. Just because not all of us will be lawyers, doctors or have some extravagant career does not diminish our purpose here on earth. Contrary to popular belief, our careers & upbringings do not define who we are or supply us with our entire purpose. Those things may bring us on our purpose driven path but in no way do they determine our purpose.
Do purpose and what we consume correlate?
In my opinion, yes. What our purpose is and what we put into our every day lives most certainly correlates. If all you are consuming is rap music and movies with heavy sexual content and language you are in a way changing your outlook on life. Okay, don’t get me wrong I do enjoy some rap music and some movies I want to see do have explicit graphics and or language.
But, let me tell you one thing; as soon as I started reading or listening to the Bible and books about spiritual or personal growth and integrating what I learned into my life did I finally see the growth in my character that I was longing for. When I stopped consuming so much television & social media and took time to read, self-reflect and journal did I actually start on what I believe is my purpose. Everyone has their own theory on how they can become their best self. But, why not take time to invest in yourself? One thing I invested in is spending long car rides to work or the store with something as simple as audiobooks. I promise you, the right audiobooks for personal and or spiritual growth will allow you to look at life from a whole new outlook and or be inspired in a new way.
My suggestion: To be more mindful of what you choose to consume. It doesn’t have to be a lot of your time but incorporating information for growth and diminishing time on social media and or television will provide you a better sense of purpose and self.
Without hope, life will lack purpose. It will not only lack purpose but it will dissolve who you are. A loss of hope has the ability to transform even the strongest people to despair. Hope is a part of human existence that many people may overlook. It is necessary to hope in order to live life to its fullest capacity. I believe that hope can bring us peace even during the most arduous circumstances.
Hope to have a better life. Hope to see loved ones again in a new life. Hope that life is extended beyond earth. Hope to advance in your career or exceed expectations of yourself for your loved ones and God. It is when we grow in hope and faith that we are able to see a light at the end of a dark tunnel. Hope grants us the strength to surpass the difficulties that lie ahead. We should use our moments of misfortune to truly grow in hopefulness. Hope will bring us a sense of tranquility in life that nothing else quite can. Through God we can find hope and faith and receive utter happiness.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
I feel like everyone has this idea in their mind about the life they want to live and the kind of person they want to become. Sometimes our life becomes blurred with trials, twists & turns. & we lose sight of who we are and what we need. God wants us to have everything He has promised to us. & that is why it is essential for God’s plan to be followed.
For me, I have always believed and valued God’s word. However, I didn’t live through it, I didn’t allow it to be the foundation of my life. I could tell that I wasn’t as happy as I could be. & I was looking for fulfillment in all the wrong places. I was building an unhealthy attachment to people, places and things. I was seeking something I would never find in any of those aspects of life. But, I should’ve been seeking God and what he has in store for me.
I have been reluctant in the past to take on His path because that would require me to listen to all of His word not just the bits and pieces that align with what I want. I have learned over time that what I need is far more vital than what I want. Life isn’t meant to be lived to please ourselves. There is so much more to life than that. It is far more critical to look deeper and seek your spirituality and begin to recollect the person that God made you to be and the person you are suppose to become.
God’s plan may not be the plan you have for yourself. I know there are things I want that I may never receive because it is not what I need. & what I need is God & direction towards a brighter future through Him. His timing is the best timing. & not everything will always be good. But, I am willing to continue on His path & commit to follow His plan.
Something I have had to come to terms with over the past few years is how people can easily come and go from my life. People aren’t promised in life to always be there. However, God has promised to always be there. No matter what He is here with me. He is there in my darkest moments when I am scared, anxious or upset.
I don’t always feel Him with me. & sometimes I question His motives in my life or question who He is. But, He doesn’t stray away from me no matter what kind of doubts I may have. & in those moments of doubt I pray. Once I am able to gain more clarity I feel like I have a closer more fulfilling relationship with Him.
When I am feeling hopeless and confused are the times I should pray the most. Sometimes I don’t pray as I should or I ask for things that I may not receive. God knows what I need and He can give that to me whether it is what I have asked for or not. I pray because I feel relieved when I do. I pray because it helps me build a stronger connection with God. & I know He will be able to be there for me in a way that no one else can.
& I believe that no matter what you believe in you should pray. Pray for a better life and for your loved ones. Pray for a better world and future. Pray for positive outcomes and courage to push forward. Praying is essential for life and even if people don’t believe in God I would still encourage them to put their energy into the universe. God loves His children & I believe there are ways the universe gives back to what we have given it.
“So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
It is even in the toughest times that being brave is so essential. It is when I am scared of the result that I should push forward even harder. It is when I am scared of rejection or failure that I should keep going. Being brave isn’t about just not being afraid its about pushing yourself to reach new heights in your life. It is about striving to go forward to become the person God has destined you to be. Being brave can mean a lot of things to a lot of different people, but to me it means to live life to the fullest without regret. & to do so I have to be brave. Any day could be my last day and I need to attempt to put aside my fear so that I can live the best possible life.