It’s 6 months into 2019 and I’ve been taking stock. One of my goals this year was to do away with abandoned projects. I’ve had my share of them and I wanted to do something about it.
It was a cycle of having a fantastic idea, starting out and dropping it just as quickly and the major reason was that I didn’t like it when things didn’t fall into place as nicely as I imagined they would. It makes me smile as I realize the error in thinking that these unexpected detours were indications that I shouldn’t proceed with these projects. That is just not how it works.
Limitations, resistance, hindrances, mountains, oppositions, they all point to one fact of life which is that there are no platters waiting to serve you what you think or feel you deserve. If you want to achieve anything, you’ve got to get up and go after it with rescilience.
It doesn’t matter how small or big the project may be, get ready to face some level of opposition. It won’t be everyday that things will go as planned but they are all just temporary tests to see how prepared you are.
One fine morning, ( Luke 8 22 – 25) Jesus told his disciples that they were going to the other side. His ministry was thriving as people were being touched and transformed through his teaching and workings of miracles. It was time though to expand his reach, more people awaited him on the other side of the sea and he was also willing to minister to them. So this fine day, Jesus and his disciples got into a boat and headed out but the waves and the wind decided on this same day to dance wildly and display fierce acrobatics which automatically meant that their mission to minister was being threatened.
It’s not difficult to imagine what would have happened if they had all given in to the fear and helplessness that was about to swallow them up as a result of the storm. Everything did go well though, because Jesus, informed by his disciples of impending disaster, got up and rebuked the wind and calm returned.
There’s glory on the other side, achievements waiting to be attained but a lot depends on your attitude towards challenges. Sometimes, it’s not a question of the fierceness of the storm but your determination to keep going.
Personally, what was holding me back was how I interpreted challenges. This year, instead of complaining and feeling sorry for myself, I choose to use these stumbling blocks as steadying rocks to hold as I work my way to the top. Here are somethings I’ve been doing to stay on track and keep going;
- The Bible says ‘ If you fail under pressure, your strenght is too small.’ ( Proverbs 24 : 10) so I pray for God to increase my strength and help me to keep going.
- I read inspirational books, devotionals and articles. I also reflect on success stories of people who inspire me. Stories of people like Barack Obama and Joyce Meyer remind me that success is a melting pot of trials and triumphs.
- I take a break from it all so I can clear my head and get a fresh perspective.