The importance of not settling for less than God’s best, even if it means having to crawl to the finish line. Faith and perseverance will continue to be the two biggest keys that permit us to move forward through every peak and valley of our lives.
For every great blessing, there’s a process you must travel through first. You will not appreciate the mountaintop without knowing the dark valleys. Believing in ourselves and believing that things will work out in our favor is a great beginning. Steve Jobs said it best- “You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”
It’s normal to feel when you are going through a stormy season that you don’t have control over the circumstance and may even feel like throwing in the towel. But before you do, take a few minutes to think back to a time when you were going through hell but eventually were able to overcome it. Did you feel like it was a never-ending pain? I bet you did. I did, too, when I went through my health journey with the tumor. Even though that moment felt astronomically painful, it doesn’t feel as challenging now. I even grew stronger faith and perseverance because of it. This challenging moment in your life will feel the same when you look back. You may even thank the obstacles since they helped you to build mental toughness for the next chapter of your life.
Now let’s talk about what you can control, faith and perseverance are two things that you can control. Faith, particularly faith in ourselves, is fundamentally a function of our attitude. We can choose to believe, or we can choose not to. Perseverance is all about a willingness to see things through, to envision things positively working out even if they don’t work out exactly the way we thought they would. Things may not always work out the way you originally thought or envisioned, or the timing may be off, but that doesn’t mean they don’t work out. Learn how to detach yourself to the blueprint you created and let things unfold how they should; usually they are far better than what you originally expected.
In some instances, maybe we haven’t aimed high enough. God wants us to aim big. Why wouldn’t we? He created the entire Universe. Stop settling because you want to speed up the process. Stop worrying since we all know worrying doesn’t add a single second to our lives. And most importantly, stop aiming so low. When you aim low, you miss low.
You have one life, and everything you do now and forward does matter. How you do one thing is how you do everything.
Expect to win! Expect to be successful! Expect your desires to come to pass in its perfect divine order and timing! The only 3 things you need to do are the following-
3. Expect to receive
Now, this doesn’t mean sitting around twirling your fingers. You too must put in the work. Wondering what exactly is next? How about asking God what the right next move is for you? Listen within, write it down, create a step-by-step plan with a deadline, get an accountability partner, and execute.
The results that we desire won’t always reveal themselves immediately. I’ve realized that this is one of the biggest reasons why so many people give up. It’s not a loss of hope. It’s not a loss of faith. It’s not even fear because when we keep working and stay positive, fear eventually subsides. Many people give up because they expect to receive an output in a very short order after an input. God is not some genie in the bottle. That’s not how He works.
Let go of timing. Be willing to put your faith and perseverance to work and watch to see how the miracles will start unfolding. Here’s one thing I know for sure, winners never quit, and quitters never win.
Are you ready to overcome your life’s challenges by controlling what you can control?
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