We need strength, grace and joy to live a truly happy life and we can’t produce those attributes on our own. God serves as the source we need to sustain us, lift us up, and provide the inner peace we need to live in a chaotic world. He gives the peace that surpasses all understanding, which no man, woman, drug, sex or money could ever provide. Although, many make futile attempts to subsist on these vices, no one can survive long-term on vices that were never meant to fill the space in our hearts. Those heart spaces have been designated only for God. Trying to prosper off of vices brings only heartbreak, frustration, disappointment and sometimes — even death.
Change can begin by establishing a block of uninterrupted time with God that becomes a part of your daily routine. Decide what part of the day works best with your schedule. Prayer time first thing in the morning is a wonderful time to establish the atmosphere internally and externally. Connecting with God before the day begins puts you in a positive frame of mind and helps to set your attitude for the rest of the day. The evening may work better depending on your schedule.
For me, I begin with devotional time in the morning by reading a verse of scripture, talking with God and thanking Him for the day ahead. Later in the evening, I return to Him in prayer to release all of the stuff I picked up from dealing with the pressures of work, family and problems. I go to God at the end of the day to literally exchange my ashes for His beauty. I don’t want to spend the rest of my day festering on issues that may have occurred earlier in the day while walking around with a bad attitude and taking it out on the people I love. So I take it to God, meditate on His word, and I let Him minister to my heart to ensure I have peace of mind. For some, it may work better to spend time with him mid-day or right before you go to bed. The time of day doesn’t matter; the point is to get connected with your Creator. You may have to spend a few days or weeks figuring out what time of day is a better fit for you, but the point is to get daily, uninterrupted time with God.
We all need to be refueled and reminded of who we are in Him, so we’re positioned to handle people, our purpose and issues from God’s perspective. I would highly recommend seeking God to minister to your heart so you can receive what you need, whether it’s renewal of strength or wisdom. Connecting with Him first thing in the morning before your day begins and then at the end of the day would really help keep you in a state of peace and joy, in spite of what difficulties you may be dealing with at the time.
There are always opportunities to learn more to expand our thinking. Personal growth first begins with changing the way we think. Renewing our minds through the exposure of new knowledge can help us spread our wings to soar to higher places. Investing in mentorship, coaching programs and seminars can be the catalyst that moves you from your current state to your purposed state. But we have to be willing to make the investment of time and money. If you don’t have the money to invest, there are still countless opportunities to learn more about your industry and to advance your skills. You can do so by volunteering for local or online organizations, you can read books, and take complimentary self-study programs that are available on the web.
There is always something new you can learn to increase your capacity and to improve your current circumstances. You just have to be willing to make the investment of our resources. We are responsible for our own future and no one else. If we want a better life, we must exert the effort and invest the resources to make it happen. No one owes us anything. And as long as we think the world owes us something, we’ll always sit around making excuses and never launching out to strive for better by using our own abilities. It’s a hard truth, but truth is what brings transformational change. Every action that we take is an investment in our future.
Positioning our lives to bloom is about having the courage to not perch in low lands with the chickens and to lift ourselves up to soar as eagles. It takes work, sacrifice and diligent effort to fly higher. We must be willing to pay the price, if we’re serious about a better life. In everything we do and every action we take, we must ask ourselves if we are sowing profitability or if we’re sowing insufficiency. What we sow is what we reap. So invest wisely.
It’s not always comfortable considering what will happen after we’ve fulfilled our time here on Earth. The reality is that this world will keep on turning. Our loved ones will continue living out their own journeys as they navigate the ups and downs of life to explore, discover and realize their own successes. With that said, what will you leave behind to make their journey even more purposeful, productive and profitable? We’re all responsible for leaving behind a foundation that future generations can build upon, not only for the benefit of our loved ones but also for the benefit of human society.
When we’re entrenched in our own problems and issues, it can be difficult to consider the state of our families and our world after we’re long gone. Every place that has our footprint should be left better than it was before. Wherever our presence is being felt, the atmosphere and the people should be positively influenced. Whether it’s our home-life, workplace, relationships and brief moments of passing with strangers, our impact on others should be a favorable experience. It should be the same footprint we leave behind after our time has passed. Leaving the world in a better condition than when we first began our journey on Earth is the legacy we want to build. It doesn’t mean that we have to become famous and build a multi-million dollar business to leave a legacy behind that matters. Simply, we can make use of our God-given abilities to bring value to people that can be multiplied in ways that we may never see personally, but we know that our works will leave evidence of our gifts. And our legacy will be known among those that benefited from them. Making ourselves an asset to the world requires us to think bigger and to have a heart for helping those we’re called to serve. We want to remove any stinking thinking that may be preventing us from stepping out into deeper waters to have a greater impact on people.
God may be challenging you to promote your business or develop your skills more so you can have greater outreach. Maybe you have envisioned yourself doing something that would give you more visibility to expand your services, but it feels very uncomfortable and appears to be out of your element. If you stay focused on those you’re called to serve and not on your fears and hang-ups, you’ll be more driven to move full steam ahead to achieve your objectives.
Living a life of greatness is accomplished through investing in people, as declared in scripture. Through the service of your gifts, room will be made for you. You’ll be able to attract the resources and the relationships you need, resulting in an exponential increase in opportunities to serve even more people. Throughout the process, you’ll find yourself personally fulfilled. You'll live in abundance and the satisfaction of knowing that you’ve made your mark on the world.
Alice is an Educator, Coach, Speaker and Author. She loves teaching women how to create peaceful lives through purpose & productivity.