Archives for the month of: June, 2015

It’s that time of year. It’s time for a mid-year check in.

Have you ever noticed how easy it is to get amped up about the future on New Year’s Eve? At the beginning of the year, we feel as if anything is possible. We fill our journals with plans, resolutions and declarations. Unfortunately, somewhere around March, we start to lose fizzle. Our dreams and aspirations start to wane. That is why I think that it’s important to do a mid-year assessment—a mid-year check in. Look back at those New Year’s resolutions. Where are you now in comparison to where you said that you wanted to be? Revisiting your New Year’s goals will help to realign your focus and keeps your dreams and visions omnipresent.

Yesterday, I scanned the pages of my journal and was reminded of the declarations that I made at the beginning of the year. Few were complete.   Some were in process, and an even greater number was not even started. Truthfully, I had even forgotten about some of them. I had a few “oh yeah” moment when I read through some of my goals. What about you? What were your New Year’s resolutions? What things did you want to accomplish? Please know that it’s not too late to pick up where you left off in pursuit of your goals. Dust yourself off and start over. If you have been trudging along, keep plowing.   James 1:12 says, “Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him,”(NIV). There is also encouragement found in Galatians 6:9, which says that “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up,” (NIV).   The key here is: Do not give up. Revive those dreams. Dust off those goal, and keep it moving!

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Growing up, I loved watching scary movies. The scarier the better. However, the thing that annoyed me the most, and which was common to almost all scary movies, was the men and women who knew that they were home alone, but insisted on investigating the strange noise(s) at the back door. “Hello, is anyone there,” they would inquire as they tugged at the closed door.

This morning, as I thought about this pop culture phenomenon, I chuckled. How often have I been that person? How many times has God closed doors in my life and I have gone back to see whether someone or something still remained behind the closed door? Oftentimes, our tendencies to go backward stem from our desire to people please. Our insecurities have also manifested in our social media. There are even apps that tell us whether others have de-friended us from their social media applications. We rename our inquiry closure or curiosity.

The truth is, sometimes, there is no logical reason for closed doors.  Yes, sometimes, we get a raw deal.  We get fired.  We get dumped.  We get rejected.  There are moments when life just seems unfair, and it feels like we are always left holding the  bag with the broken pieces.  Fortunately, even when it feels like everything around us is falling apart, God is still in control.  Romans 8:28 tells us that, “All things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose,” (KJV).  So, that means that God is there even when all else has failed. Additionally, what we might deem as man’s rejection, might actually be God’s design.  Maybe, just maybe, it’s no coincidence that certain doors in our lives have closed.  In Revelation 3:8, God says, “Behold, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut,” (NIV).

I believe that in order for many of us to achieve the happiness that we so crave, we have to refrain from picking the locks on our closed doors. We have to stop chasing shadows and mirages. We have to fight our inclination to mourn the dead things in our lives.  Remember, resuscitation takes a tremendous amount of energy.  Just ask anyone who has ever administered CPR.  It’s exhausting! So is pursuing dead ends, unilateral relationships and rejection. Sometimes, we just have to learn to move on and press forward without looking back.

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Every now and then, curiosity gets the better of me, and I wonder whether other people think about the same things I thinks about. So here goes my thought of the day. Let me know what you think!

I wonder how much of our lot in life is predestined vs how much of our demise is because of our own doing/undoing. Yes, all things (bad and good) work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them, but, are many of us exactly where we are supposed to be or have we allowed fear to somehow dictate and determine where we have ended up?