CAUTION: Spiritual content ahead. Brace for blessing and impact!
Happy Easter!!! I hope your Resurrection Sunday has gotten off to fabulous start! Easter happens to be my favorite holiday for many reasons but the most important being it is a reminder, for me, of the importance of faith.
I identify faith as it is defined in Hebrews 11:1
“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”
Someone recently asked me how do I stay so hopeful and happy about everything when I don’t have everything I would like in my life. I quickly added, “yet…..I don’t have it all, yet,” and explained that I really do believe that what I am seeking and aspire for is in line with what God has for me and as a result, it’s just a matter of time before it comes to pass. That being said, I do have a confidence in what I hope for, an assurance in what I do not see. This is what it means to have faith without fear. Essentially, I have a vision, am definitely a praying woman who seeks wisdom in everything, and I don’t let circumstances or changing life seasons determine my level of faith in the vision that I have. Simply put, there is so much good that I what to do in this world- sooooooooooooooooo much-and my vision incorporates so much that in order for me not to focus on current limitations, I have to pray and seek the wisdom needed to take the right steps toward this vision. Most importantly though, I’ve got to maintain a confidence in the things that I hope for that is not stirred by wind (challenges), rain (moments of frustration), or any distracting “noise” (those to my left and my right who may not be able to see what I see and therefore not be able to support, and actually detract, unintentionally or otherwise).
That being said, my hope for you today is that you will
1-Take the time to consider your vision.
If you’ve been with me since the vision board exercise early on, (LFF#2) go back to that. Remember how I stressed just laying things out not worrying about what might not “make sense”?
- What were you able to depict for yourself as a result of taking the limits off of your own thinking?
- Have things changed?
- If you’ve minimized your vision, why?
If you haven’t laid out your vision, ok I’m going to be a little tough here…chop chop! If you’ve expanded your vision, fabulous!
2-Seek the wisdom to determine what next steps are needed to get closer to realizing your vision.
Be open to the fact that wisdom may actually require that you sit still for a bit. This is the place in which I currently am, and am actually baffled. See, we live in a society in which we’re taught that to “get, get, get we’ve got to do, do, do” and often times this only results in a whirlwind/hamster wheel effect. You know, going around in circles and not making any progress whatsoever. Sometimes, to make progress, we really may need to just sit still or keep moving, but just a bit slower than we’d like, all for the purpose of making sure any moves are actually in the right direction.
3-Maintain your faith without fear.
I’m a big believer that life is all about seasons. There’s an old adage that if you’re going through something right now, know that you’re just a breath away from coming out of it…and if you haven’t gone through something, brace yourself because you’re going to need your strength as you’ll more than likely be going through something of your own very shortly. C’est la vie. That being said, maintaining your faith without fear and with strength requires that you maintain a “seasons perspective” while also maintaining a level of faith that is not shifted by the ups and downs of the life.
Happy Easter folks! Get your vision on! Maintain your faith! Let go of fear!
Sound track of the week: Mary Mary’s I Just Can’t Give Up Now