"Stop leaving your gifts at home and dumbing yourself down just so you can be something that somebody else expects you to be." - Bishop T. D. Jakes
We were not created by God to fit in a box someone else wants us to be stuck in just so they can be comfortable with us. We need to go above and beyond the limitations people try to place on us. We were created for more. We were created to be CREATIVE! You have gifts, you have passion, you have abilities, and you have goals and dreams you need to fulfill not only for yourself, but so you can make a difference in the lives of many people! Don't let people get you to believe this lie: "you can't do such-and-such because you're not qualified" or "you can't do this and that because you don't have enough experience." This year, break through the barriers you once thought you could not break through! Have goals that are so big that they scare you! Have goals that get God's attention because you want to move towards the fulfillment of your purpose. If you settle only for small goals, you most likely won't see the areas of your life in which you really need God's divine help, guidance, and direction. Don't shrink back because your dream scares you and/or even other people. But step up to it and be determined to see it through to the end. When you're scared, your adrenaline kicks in and your senses get heightened, and you have a different mindset that allows you to function in a way that you wouldn't be able to if you were too lax and too comfortable.
This year it's time to move! This year it's time to break into new ground and new territory to really make an impact. This year it's time to reach more people in positive ways. It's time to not quit. The Wright brothers were not the first to try to build a plane that could reach the skies, but the ones before them quit. The Wright brothers were the first to not quit on building a plane. If you don't quit on your dreams you could be the first one in your family or the first one in your community to do something about which other people might have said "that can't be done." Don't quit!
Some people think you won't move unless they are the ones helping you to move, but God is the One getting many people ready for paradigm shifts and is transitioning them to a better place than where they were before. Some people left you in a certain condition in one place, and when they came back they expected you to be there, just as you were. But when you made the decision by faith to allow God to shift you from one dimension to the next, those people aren’t going to recognize that you are not who you used to be. You have undergone a transformation. God will give you everything you need before you actually need to utilize it so you won't be at the mercy of people who think they can control your movements, and all the while, they are still stuck in the dimension you are about to leave.
Also, be careful about being afraid to distance yourself from certain people. You are going to a place where they can’t come along. Just because someone was with you in one place, it does not mean they can come with you to the next place because God does not want you distracted by what you think you owe that other person just because he or she helped you in the past. That person might not be able to handle what God is about to do in your life. If some people came along to the next place with you, they might try to hinder you from walking in the plan God wants to execute in your life. You'd be surprised at what people might do when they get jealous and envious of you because of the way God has chosen to bless you. You’ve got to be careful about who’s around you in various seasons of life. Jesus didn’t invite all the disciples to go up with Him to the top of the mountain. It was just Peter, James, and John with Him when He was transfigured before them. Discernment will tell you who needs to be with you before you transform on the mountaintop. Not everyone can handle the mountaintop experience with you!
We cannot control what kinds of situations enter our lives, but we can control how we respond to them. What we choose to do and/or say will be based on our mindset and level of maturity at the time.
If other people are involved, we might say or do something to encourage or offend them in some way, but even though we are to be held accountable for what we do to/for them, we are not responsible for how they react to us. Or if it's the other way around, he/she is not responsible for how we react to them.
We are only responsible for the way we conduct ourselves. For example, you might try to do good for someone, and you don't know they have an anger issue, and for some strange reason, they lash out at you. Maybe they don't want anyone to do anything for them because they think receiving help represents a kind of weakness, or maybe it's for some other reason. Whatever the reason, you are not responsible for that person lashing out at you. But you'd be surprised at how many people feel guilty for how another person reacted to them. You don't have to live in a prison of guilt. You can be free today and for the rest of your life once you understand how to deal with your own actions and you stop feeling like you should be held accountable for what a person does in response to what you said or did to them or for them.
When we don't know what to do with the responsibilities, tools, and resources God has given us, we can easily get to the point where we become disengaged. When you're disengaged, you're "there," but you're not there at the same time. Your body is there, but your mind is gone. Whenever you are disengaged, you are vulnerable to depression and destruction. We have to be careful that we don't become disengaged with the things of God nor with our natural responsibilities because (1) we will be held accountable and (2) people are counting on us. If we neglect our responsibilities, the kinds of things that should take place won't, and then mediocrity can creep into the picture. If we are going to be people of excellence, we cannot afford to make any room for mediocrity. If we don't know what to do with our responsibilities, we should seek God in prayer and ask for wisdom. James 1:5 says, "If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, Who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you" (NIV).
How do we get mentally and spiritually engaged with the things God would have us to focus on? We stop fretting over what we might have lost in a previous series of events/circumstances and remind ourselves of what God gave us in those moments and what He is providing us with now. We also become engaged by looking at the people God has placed in our lives and we do our best to invest in them in a way that will please God. If you are a leader in any capacity, people are looking up to you. They respond to your verbal and non-verbal cues. So, be present in the moment!
I just want to encourage and inspire as many people as I can for Jesus Christ.