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Thursday, December 29, 2011

I'm Still Standing

What do you do when you plan, strategize, pray, and believe for things to happen... and they don't?

Well, when this year began 363 days ago I was certain there were a few things I would see major changes in during 2011. Some of those things were personal to me, and some of them were dealing with where we live, and some were dealing with our church. 

It's a good thing I am not a betting person because none of them, I repeat, none of them came to fruition over this past year. 

A personal goal I set... 

Didn't happen. 

Moving closer to Alachua and our church... 

Didn't happen. 

And a church building ready to go up that we so desperately need... 

Didn't happen. 

So, what do you do when you have done all you can and nothing seems to be working the way you had hoped? 

Remember, Redirect, and Reflect. 

#1 Remember- Things could be worse.  I know it is such a cliché but it is so true.  I am alive to have another year to work on my personal goals.  I have a home that I love and a car to drive to Alachua everyday. Our church is filled with the most giving, caring, and loving people who weekly take our temporary home (a school cafeteria) and turn it into an amazing sanctuary where countless lives, marriages, and homes have been changed. 

#2 Redirect- Paul said it best... No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. Philippians 3:13 & 14 (NLT)

Your past is in the past and nothing can change it.  But you can change or redirect your focus to what is ahead.

#3 Reflect- Ok, this is the one time I am going to say it's ok to look back.  So, go ahead, look at the past and examine it by questioning whether or not some of the reasons your plans didn't morph into reality were due to anything you could have done differently. If so, make the changes needed to change the outcome of your situation.  

But what if you have already done all you can do and still nothing changed?  

Then stand. 

We often quote this scripture to ourselves and others when we feel like we aren't seeing results from our prayers or our labor, Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Ephesians 6:13 KJV 

How many times in life have we let everyone know we no longer wanted to participate in something by saying,  I'm gonna sit this one out.?

Sitting is so much easier than standing, fighting, playing, working, or believing. But simply put, you will never win in life by sitting. 

So, if at the close of 2011 you find yourself like me with goals not yet achieved, moves not yet made, or buildings not yet built, keep standing because our God is a god of timing not time. 

To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: 
Ecclesiastes 3:1 (KJV) 

Like this year for me, next year we may and we may not see our hopes, our dreams, or our prayers come to fruition, but I pray we'll always...

remember the good, 

continually redirect our energy to what's ahead, 

and no matter how tempting it is to sit, keep standing.


2 comments:

Pat Johns said...

One word Tina.....AWESOME!!!! Thanks for always having a positive word for us......

Rona said...

I love your blog .....thanks for sharing your heart with us.....I love you sis.