But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
I look around me all the time, witnessing those who complain about not having this, or not having that. They don’t realize the things they have been blessed with too busy worrying about the things they cannot see. How can we expect more blessings when we don’t give thanks for the ones we already have? I don’t know about you, but I don’t want other folk’s blessings! I want what God has for me.
In life, we all at some point feel like nothing is going the way we want it to go. We want things quickly handed to us, given to us without putting in the work it takes to achieve those things on our own. Being given something that we don’t work for is called in my opinion being lazy as hell. Nothing in life is free! No matter if someone gives us a pair of shoes they can no longer wear or have need for. In order to make those shoes our own, we have to put some kind of work into them. Whether it be cleaning them, or making a place for them in our closet, we have to consider how they will fit into our space.
I believe we should take the same consideration as we do with things, with the people we allow into our life. How do they fit? Why do they fit? Will having them in my life improve or hinder my progress? These questions are critical. Allowing any and every one into our life, can cause more harm than good. Our paths may cross, but our journeys are separate. No two journeys can be or will be the same. It doesn’t work that way. This process defines who we are. It tests our faith. It shapes us into discovering our purpose, which essentially pushes us into our destiny.
Sometimes we will have to go alone.
Just because we believe in our vision, doesn’t mean everyone else will too. There’s nothing wrong with that. The people who don’t believe in our vision are probably not the people we want on our team anyway. Think about it! The Chicago Bulls team held Michael Jordan up when he played with the flu. They took care of him. But it was he who believed in himself and his skill, to get the job done. He had to, before anyone else learned his full-potential as a ball player. I’m sure he wanted to give up, go home and recover, but the warrior in him refused to. Look at him now, one of the greatest basketball players of all times. In my opinion, the best! Some people don’t know he was cut from his high school basketball when he first tried out. It didn’t stop him. It pushed him to become better.
This doesn’t mean we should try to pull people along with us. If God gave it to you, you are the one who will ultimately have to cross the finish line in order to bring anyone else across with you. Don’t assume others are passionate about something just because we are. Don’t assume people owe us anything because they don’t. Be thankful for the tools, guidance, and motivation we are blessed with. Remember that God equips us with the things we need to finish strong and successfully. If you don’t finish the race, how can you train others to run a marathon!
Don’t worry about someone else’s dream!
You may be given a rock, while I may be given a stone. It doesn’t matter! Why does that matter? It shouldn’t. Don’t focus on my stone when on your path to greatness. Your rock will be sufficient enough in reaching your final destination.
If Jay-Z worried about Kanye, and Kanye worried about Jay-Z, there would be no Blu Ivy or North West. They are friends, both creative lyricists in their own right, following their own paths. Sure they work together at some point, maybe more than once, but they don’t necessarily fall to each other when faced with challenges. Each strives to be the best that they can be. Each strives to give his all with each album released. Why? Because they are passionate about what they do; they are confident in themselves and their gifts; and they know it takes more than just a dream to fulfill their purpose.
We have to go get our own blessings! Not leave them in the hands of other people. Yeah, there will be people along our path to help us in some way, to give us guidance, knowledge, and support; but once their role in our journey is done, the only one who can reach our destiny is us! Be thankful for the things you have. Someone isn’t as fortunate as you. Once we pursue our purpose, it takes ten times the work to fulfill it; and even more to surpass it! It’s a daily struggle, sacrifice, and something we have to want for ourselves to achieve.
Stop expecting someone else to fulfill your vision. Get to work and do it yourself.
Feeling sorry for yourself simply won’t do!
Until next time, be inspired, be encouraged, & be you…