Have you ever planned a goal and then realized that not all areas of your life are prepared to reach it?
Obstacles will come. Relationships, everyday routine living, sickness, and spontaneity will run their interwoven course. No matter what we have set ahead of ourselves.
However, it is up to us to make sure when these come to block our path that we do not push them aside, but learn from them. We are to still co-exist with all around us and not view road blocks as an excuse to quit.
So, you may have visited your pantry today instead of saying a quick prayer after your argument with your spouse. You may have reached for the television remote instead of taking that brisk morning walk. You may have picked up your cell phone to tell your friend about someone else’s business instead of keeping that tiny bit of information to yourself. You may have even had too many glasses of wine last night and now don’t ‘feel’ like fulfilling the promise to spend time with your children today.
So . . . What do you do now?
- First, don’t beat yourself up about it. That will only cause you more frustration and self-condemnation; something that God does not want nor give.
- Second, don’t quit!
- Third, pick yourself right back up and begin NOW! Right where you are. Not tomorrow or two days from now, or even next week. Fix it NOW!
There is a lot of confusion when it comes to road blocks, mistakes made, facing our weaknesses. To be honest, it is what it is, you cannot rewind and redo – BUT – you can move forward. Learn from your decisions, your actions, and change. It is a daily, moment-by-moment process that turns weaknesses into strengths.
Our promises from God are found upon the avenue from which trust is built. God has us walk a journey towards His promises for our life that will build trust in Him. Along the way, He shows us issues, people, habits, addictions that we have to separate ourselves from in order that we will not become or remain tarnished. To keep us away from building attachments that hold us back from walking in freedom, experiencing His presence, and fulfilling those promises, our goals.
Proverbs 25:4 “Take away the dross from the silver, and there shall come forth (the material for) a vessel for the silver-smith (to work up).”
The refining process of silver (us) at times will be fierce and demanding of discipline. Some who are not aware that this process is needed or who fully do not understand the refining process will see it as an ‘attack from Satan’ or judgment from God.
1 Corinthians 9:24 -27 puts this refining process into a clearer perspective:
“Do you not know that in a race all the runners compete, but (only) one receives the prize? So run (your race) that you may lay hold (of the prize) and make it yours. Now every athlete who goes into training conducts himself temperately and restricts himself in all things. They do it to win a wreath that will soon wither, but we (do it to receive a crown of eternal blessedness) that cannot wither. Therefore, I do not run uncertainly (without definite aim). I do not box like one beating the air and striking without an adversary. But (like a boxer) I buffet my body (handle it roughly, discipline it by hardships) and subdue it, for fear that after proclaiming to others the Gospel and things pertaining to it, I myself should become unfit (not stand the test, be unapproved and rejected as a counterfeit).”
I encourage you today to do what Paul has mentioned here:
- Run your race, don’t quit when a weakness tempts you
- Discipline yourself, have a plan on how to deal with obstacles as they come
- Restrict yourself from the things that will keep you from reaching your goal
- Keep your goal in sight – always in front of you
If you make your day begin with a mindset not to quit no matter what comes your way – you will have a successful day!
LIVE Today! and,
Keep smilin’ ~ Jenn
Suggested Reading: II Timothy 2:21, Isaiah 1:22, Ezekiel 22:18
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