The true essence of life begins at the end of your comfort zone.
The last 72 hours have taught me that refinement rears it's form in the midst of discomfort. You see, it's in the place of discomfort where you really have an opportunity to see all that you're made of. It's the place where you stretch yourself. It's the place where you challenge yourself. It's also the place where you impress yourself.
I was given an opportunity to travel down to the city of Miami, which is much more urban than Tallahassee. I was in an uncomfortable place is deciding how to travel, where to stay, and what my budget could afford. So many decisions. So little time to process.
Along the journey, I learned so much. Here are just a few life lessons that I was reminded of:
- God is in control. God's plan has already been laid. Every detail is already set. Releasing control to God is necessary to seeing His promises fulfilled. You don't believe me? Check out Ephesians 1:11. "In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will." What are you holding on to instead of releasing it to God? Are you trying to take too much control over your situation and your destiny? Remember, God has already predestined you. Take heed to his direction. Allow His will, not your will, to be done in your life. When you relinquish control you allow God to execute his plan. You allow him to recreate a new work within you. You are His masterpiece. Give God an opportunity to let his light shine brightly in and around you.
- Your past prepared you for your present. Ecclesiastes 3:11 reminds us that "He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end." Far too often we try to leave the past in the past. We refuse to find the silver lining in the circumstances we've endured. Instead, we block some things out. We forget that everything has a purpose in our loves. We move into a house and update it to make it a home, all the while forgetting about the slums we grew up in or the apartment we shared as young adults. We move to the suburbs and forget about our experiences with city life. We dismiss the importance of our very first job or the internship that got our foot in the door and only hang on to memories of the salaried position. I urge you not to forget. The past is what set you up for your present. Your past plants the foundation for your future. Don't miss the lesson. Everything we experience and endure is for our greater good. Accept your circumstances and be willing to learn and grow from them. Recognize the strength you developed along the way. Embrace the opportunities you were provided. The foundation was laid. Stay ready to walk into your destiny.
- Be willing to consider the inconceivable. Sometimes we hold ourselves back from reaching our full potential. We use many excuses to erroneously justify why we can't accomplish something. I use the term 'erroneously' because there is no justification to why something can't be accomplished...unless, of course, the thing you are trying to accomplish is outside the will of God. Be willing to ask for the support your need to accomplish your goal. Be willing to make sacrifices. Catch that...you may have to make more than one sacrifice. Be willing. Be willing to fail. Be willing to think. Be willing to dream. Dream big. Dream wide. Dream beyond your wildest imagination. You never know where it will lead. Remember Isaiah 55:9, "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts." Be careful not to limit Him!
Of the life lessons listed above, which one stands out to you the most? Why?