These segments are going to be done one every two weeks or once a month. In the last post, I talked about how my journey is beginning with the correction or revamping of my leadership. But it seems that’s not where it is going to start after all. Everything we do and say all starts with us. We need to figure out what we are doing, why am I not reaching my potential, and why am I not able to get from where I am to where I want to be?
Each of us has a journey that only we can make and sometimes that means making it alone. The struggles and situations that will come during this journey no one else can take. But don’t be discouraged because the bible says,”This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9 (NLT)” These words of encouragement are very helpful. To understand that He that created you will be with you always is a great way to begin anew.
This journey called life will surprise you in ways you can’t even imagine. Sometimes the people you think would give the most help, will be the first to abandon you in the midst of your trial or situation. But this too is a test because this life was given to you to accomplish what God had purposed for you since before time began. What happens is that we get so caught up in our own self-pity that we forget to let go because we become blinded and don’t know any other way exists. I am, by no means, denying nor belittling the pain and anguish and the embarrassment and fear of the opinions of others when we come to realize the error of our ways, but if we analyze it correctly, we can make this realization a fresh new start, a beginning of what can ultimately be our grand entrance to a new life and a new you.
This came to mind when I reflected on my own situation and wondered why am I still not moving forward. “The choices we make in our personal lives will inherently affect the choices we make in every other aspect of our lives.” This was more true for me than I liked to admit. The personal choices I had made throughout my life have definitely affected the other areas of my life. When I look back to the moment I became an adult to this moment the two areas that consistently show up as my negatives, apart from others, are procrastination and lack of a sense of urgency. To admit that I lack certain integral traits that would make me more successful in life, in ministry, and in general is no easy task and even worse to admit it to the public is even more terrifying. But when you get to a point where the only place to look at is up, nothing makes you more free and open.
As much as it hurts and as embarrassing as it is, when you are honest with yourself, there is a sense of freedom that is unexplainable. Self analyzation is one of the hardest must do you will ever have to undertake but a necessary one. Since early on we’ve been taught to be self-sufficient, self-reliant, self-everything but we will never see the errors of our ways if we keep thinking that way. Someone else has to evaluate our performance in order for us to truly know how we are doing.
What are you struggling with in your life that is hindering your growth potential? Can you be open enough to admit these lacking traits? Do you have someone who can be honest with you?
This is the first day of the new journey. The first thing I did today was read Proverbs 3:34-35, “The lord mocks the mockers but is gracious to the humble. The wise inherit honor,but fools are put to shame!” It’s kind of interesting that the first thing I did was read since for me it has always been a struggle. But reading is part of the education that I want to continue receiving. It also allows for my vocabulary to expand, my mind to widen and my soul to feed. I am also reading the book “Madness” by Jossy Chacko and “The Heart of a Leader” by Jon Byler. Both of these books focus on leadership and it seems that my journey has begun with the shaping of my leadership as a whole. Interesting place to start, huh.
Many of us are leaders but we’ve been so used to following that we forget our place. I am a Chaplain, a Pastor, a Musician, a Poet, a Brother, a Father, a Son, and a Friend. Which of these roles are you in as well? And in which role do you think your leadership is used?
I am all of the roles and a leader in all of them. But I have come to realize that I have allowed certain situations in my life to take control of the outcome of my leadership. Which means I have failed as a leader. Do you fall into this category as well? Are you willing to admit that you have failed as a leader in certain areas or in all? Why have you failed? What has taken your focus away?
Happy Tuesday! Hope everyone is having a wonderful day. How of you had a list like the one here when January started? How many of these or those that you have are you still actually working on? This is the 19th day of January and many have already given up on their resolutions. If you are one of those people, don’t worry you are not alone. One thing I can say is that it is still not too late to start going after what you only need to do but should do for a better way of life.
Our main problem is that we tend to think futuristic. This is not a bad thing to think about your future but we should concentrate more on the now because it is the time and space we occupy at the moment. The bible says in Matthew 6:34, “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” In other words, think about the right now, the things you should accomplish today, the todo list you need to get done today, the exercise you want to do today, the book you want to read today, etc. and you will accomplish more than any other time in your life.
As a wise turtle once said, “You are too concerned about what was and what will be. There is a saying: yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.” This has a lot of truth to it. But in this age we are more concerned about what was and what will be that we forget about what is.
Hopefully this will help you take another stab at your resolution and allow you to keep going and not stop. The end result will be its own reward.