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GO HARD OR DON’T BOTHER

board-2161880_640People will try to box into a corner because they don’t see your potential. Some will label you based on who they think they know you to be or who they think your existence depends on. I laugh and pray for people that seem surprised that I’m confident and successful. No one will ever know what we’ve had to endure to arrive at the place where we are. They don’t see the tears and the pain. They are not around for the hours and days of praying. They will never know the cost you’ve paid yet they will want to decide your worth based on likes, posts and/or fake popularity. We cannot depend on the affirmation of this world for our motivation. We must be inspired by definitively knowing the reason why we are doing what we do. The why is our inspiration. The who can’t be our reason because their responses and lack of support or understanding will change with the weather. You have to believe in your purpose. You have to be your biggest cheerleader or no one can receive the real impact that is intended from your gifts. Pray hard for direction and clarity. And what I mean when I say pray hard is that we must pray consistently like our life depends upon it because frankly, it does.

Be Excited About Your Guest of Honor!

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When is the last time that you planned a dinner party or gathering at your home? After all of the planning is complete, we tend to get a bit excited about receiving our guests. I know that I do. It’s been a while since I’ve had one but as I begin to plan a girls night in for my 45th birthday, I’m just giddy about it. I love to hear party planners share their excitement associated with pleasing their client and all of their guests. I’ve never met a party planner that was NOT excited about receiving the guests. The excitement comes from expectation.

I’m expecting to hear updates from my guests. I’m expecting them to have a good time and to feast on what I decide to prepare. I expect laughs and warm hugs. I expect a celebration! Who wants to go to a lukewarm gathering? I don’t! And neither does Jesus!

Kick the doom and the gloom to the curb. Let’s be excited about Jesus dining with us. Behold, he stands at the door and knocks. You hear your divine purpose knocking. You hear daily reminders knocking. You hear discipline knocking. You hear the knock. Your guest of honor has arrived. He wants to dine with you. Dining is a symbol of trust, affection, intimacy and loyalty! Be excited about your guest of honor!

JUST MAKE A DECISION

Sometimes identifying issues that we need to resolve can be subtle or they can be abruptly in your face obvious.  Subtleness can be a result of denial or naiveté and sometimes it doesn’t matter how obvious the clues are, we ignore them because complacency has settled in. Whichever story resonates with you, we’ve all been there. I believe that we are faced with an opportunity to resolve an issue every day. Whether its making the right choice at the vending machine or walking away from an abusive relationship. It can be choosing to not be a hoarder like your parents or choosing to accept a job that pays slightly less but will make your happier. Every day there is an opportunity. Just make a decision!

This is the year of the open door and we must be conscious and deliberate about being in the right position to receive what our God has in store for us. You don’t have to think long, you know exactly what it is. The time is now!