All their days their work is grief and pain; even at night their minds do not rest. This too is meaningless.
There is no point in your life being filled with pain and grief, especially not from the moment you wake and then hours later well into your sleep. God did not create us to live like this. Our pain is self-inflicted as we fail to open our eyes, stretch out our arms, grab ahold of opportunities, and bring them tightly to our chests so that we don’t trip, fall, and lose or destroy them.
How many of us see opportunities in life but we think:
1) “it’s not time”
2) “I can’t do it”
3) “I can’t do it alone”
4) “that can’t be for me”
5) “that’s too much”
6) “it’s too far out of reach”
7) “it’s too risky”
Do you see a common thread connecting these claims?
It’s all fear-based and absent of God!
I’m tired of living and operating in and out of fear, aren’t you? It’s one thing to fear something but do it anyway, maybe even a different kind of way. It’s not acceptable to be paralyzed by that fear, to give up on the pursuit because we give the fear more power over us. That is unacceptable and you have to know that it’s disappointing to God. We didn’t turn to and tap into Him. We relied upon our knowledge and understanding, and made decisions without Him. That is self-inflicted defeat. It is self-sabotage.
At the same time, aren’t you tired of living a reactionary life, only doing things out of last minute knee-jerk reactions? The signs and warnings were present but you only reacted when your back was against the wall, or something was in your face and you couldn’t avoid it. But there’s a huge problem with that. Have you noticed that in those instances you didn’t consult with God, at some point, or at all?
We say we want to live debt-free lives, how about adding drama-free, negativity-free, pain-free, guilt-free, shame-free, and living a life free of fear’s torture?
Whatever consumes our time and energy is the master of us. We serve it. We are a slave to it.
Aren’t you tired of walking around with that aching feeling in your chest that sometimes tightens so much you can barely breathe? Aren’t you tired of your body being in pain because it’s carrying around emotional pain and unresolved issues? Aren’t you tired of your weight fluctuating worse than the stock market?
We have to let go and truly release our cares, fears, worries, pain, frustration, anger, guilt, resentment, pride, ego, shame, and everything else to God. We have to let it all go or we will die holding on. I don’t know about you but I want to live a long, healthy, joy-filled life.
I believe there’s a lot that God has in store for me and planned for me and I don’t want to disappoint Him one more day. So as I lovingly encourage each of you to let go, I pray that you also lovingly encourage me to do the same. Let’s push each other to greatness. Let’s push each other to be the best representations of Christ that we can be. Let’s not worry about today, yesterday or tomorrow. Let’s instead…P-U-S-H…
…and then do our parts to make sure we are there to receive our blessings and seize all opportunities that God places before us. I love and respect you all. Thank you for also loving and respecting me.
Father, when night falls oftentimes my unresolved issues follow me to sleep, and sometimes I find myself tossing and turning in bed fighting my personal demons that I couldn’t face in daylight. When this happens I sometimes wake throughout the night disturbed by the heavy feeling that is over me.
Father I need internal peace. I need peace of mind to see clearly what I can handle or what needs to be placed on hold before tackling them, and that which needs to be released 100 percent to You.
I need to see how to be helpful to others without carrying their weight. I need to learn how to guide them to You, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit so that they can develop their own special and close relationship with You.
I need to let go of my pride and accept that there are certain things I can’t do alone or at all, at this time in my life. I also need to understand that if I only give 50% effort then I will only get that much or less in return, yet if I give 100% effort with You guiding me every step of the way, the return on that investment will be equal or greater.
If I don’t seize opportunities for growth and prosperity that You have placed around me, then there is no reason to complain—for I made the decision not to act. I want to act Lord. I want to take ahold of the blessings You place before me. Show me Father. Free me from this self-inflicted bondage. I’m tired of the pain and grief that I’m causing myself. I want to be better, live better, and do more. Humbly I pray to You. Amen.
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