Life has a funny way of making you question yourself; especially if you are naturally inquisitive. You have a vision of where you want to be-check! You establish your goals with measurable timelines-check! You set your plans and prepare your course of action-check! You are feeling confident! You have taken control of your life and your destiny and you are on your way to success bliss!
BOOM<——the sound of all hell breaking loose! *INSERT LOUD SCREAMS*
The path that you perceived to be the best route to you realizing your goals is hit with a road block that says NO ENTRANCE! No worries, you immediately think and immediately seek an alternative route, because that is how you roll! Nothing stops you! However, there is just one problem, YOU ARE TIRED! YOU ARE TIRED OF ALTERNATE ROUTES AND CONSTANT DETOURS! You are like the kid in the backseat of the car on vacation, “Are we there yet?!”
Your destiny GPS seems to only be intimate with the word ‘re-routing‘. You believe that you have done everything that was to be done! You have worked hard! You have taken hits for the team! You have genuinely supported others in achieving success! You earned your badges and stripes! However, it seems that others are constantly passing you by on the interstate of destiny fulfillment. They seemed to have quickly arrived at destiny bliss. I mean, it is as if you are driving a scooter and others are in a Maserati!
Today, I have come to offer us some encouragement! All that we have need of: skill and character development, is achieved through our journey not in the realization of our dreams, which is our final destination! It is through the journey that we learn who we are and of what we are made! It is through the journey that our character flaws are exposed and our underlying hidden success blockers are realized!
The actualization of the dream/arrival at our destination just means we are ready because we have been prepared! So, while it seems that other travelers, on this road to destiny, are passing us by, we must remember that they-too- are being prepared and maybe they are ready. We must remember that their ‘preparation‘ and ‘readiness training‘ may look and feel totally different than ours!
We are unclear of what was necessary to expedite their travels on this road to greatness. Neither are we always fully aware of the number of hells they have traveled through and what their sacrifices were (and in many cases are being) made. There are so many answers to which we are not always privy. The question then becomes how do we deal? How do we get through when life throws those blows that we were not expecting?
- We dream and plan! We put our plans and dreams on paper and seek God for confirmation! God says, in Proverbs 16:9, that a man’s mind plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps and makes them sure. We need to continue to make our plans and submit them to God to ensure that we are in sync with His will for our lives.
- We have to have faith! Faith says that even when it does not feel good, when all hell is breaking lose, and when it seems that we are traveling a desolate and deserted road, we don’t stop moving. We have to take steps in the direction that we believe to be accurate, fully trusting that God will re-route us if our choices are delaying arrival at our final destination.
- We express gratitude! When those times come, and they will, that we believe we are getting ready to walk through a door and it slams so hard that we feel our nose is gone, we have to be thankful! Thankful that God loves us enough to close the door that was not meant for us. No matter how professionally connected we are, regardless of how well we planned, regardless of how educated and skilled we are, we will always have finite knowledge and vision. We have to remember this! Only God knows what is happening on the other side of that door that we desire so badly! It is in our trust in Him that we activate a ‘lightening speed’ advancement on our travels.
- We establish a solid network! We must surround ourselves with people who demonstrate their love and support for us. When we are at our weakest, and experience surprising blows, we need those people who can give us a life hug and kiss of support and encouragement! This type of support is priceless, more valuable than any material possession!
Disappointment will come! Surprises will come! Hardship will come! At the end of the day, we must remain faithful that we will see the end! Never stop moving! Never stop dreaming! We shall succeed because we believe! XOXO