Happy Monday to you!
Today's post is dedicated to you--a person of purpose. Right now, you are pursuing your life's work, and the obstacles seem endless. You are frustrated by the pace of your journey and the apparent lack of resources. Sometimes, you let negativity consume you. Furthermore, you question your choices. You resent your choices due to the fear of failure. You are working hard and pressing forward, yet the finish line seems like a mirage. You miss the ease and comfort of your former routine. Your discomfort is leading you to act from a place of anxiety. Instead of acknowledging the minor successes that come with each forward movement, you are cursing your purpose before its time of harvest. You are glorying in the past. You are celebrating the memories of past years. For you, I have a simple reminder:
Do not allow the challenges of today to distort your perspective on the reality of yesterday.
You know the past was filled with challenging times, moments of turmoil. It was those very moments of agony and grief that drove you away from complacency and into your life's mission. While you are comforting yourself in yesterday's triumphs, remember yesterday's tears. Remember that the past was not filled with fragrant rose petals. The past contained its share of thorny pathways. By the grace of God, you were able to navigate through those hard places. So it is no time to curse your present.
Make the decision to celebrate where you are today. Thank God for every new day along the journey. When things are not moving at your pace, say to the Lord, "Your will be done". Instead of complaining that you cannot purchase those new pair of shoes, rejoice that you are living in your purpose. You can afford to give up temporary luxuries for eternal blessings. You are making progress in the work that fulfills you and nourishes other people. Therefore, your present is far greater than your past.
Numbers 11:1 Now when the people complained, it displeased the Lord; for the Lord heard it, and His anger was aroused. So the fire of the Lord burned among them, and consumed some in the outskirts of the camp. 2 Then the people cried out to Moses, and when Moses prayed to the Lord, the fire was quenched. 3 So he called the name of the place Taberah, because the fire of the Lord had burned among them. 4 Now the mixed multitude who were among them yielded to intense craving; so the children of Israel also wept again and said: “Who will give us meat to eat? 5 We remember the fish which we ate freely in Egypt, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic; 6 but now our whole being is dried up; there is nothing at all except this manna before our eyes!” 16 So the Lord said to Moses: “Gather to Me seventy men of the elders of Israel, whom you know to be the elders of the people and officers over them; bring them to the tabernacle of meeting, that they may stand there with you. 17 Then I will come down and talk with you there. I will take of the Spirit that is upon you and will put the same upon them; and they shall bear the burden of the people with you, that you may not bear it yourself alone. 18 Then you shall say to the people, ‘Consecrate yourselves for tomorrow, and you shall eat meat; for you have wept in the hearing of the Lord, saying, “Who will give us meat to eat? For it was well with us in Egypt.” Therefore the Lord will give you meat, and you shall eat. 19 You shall eat, not one day, nor two days, nor five days, nor ten days, nor twenty days, 20 but for a whole month, until it comes out of your nostrils and becomes loathsome to you, because you have despised the Lord who is among you, and have wept before Him, saying, “Why did we ever come up out of Egypt?”
Micah 6:3 O My people, what have I done to you? And how have I wearied you? Testify against Me. 4 For I brought you up from the land of Egypt, I redeemed you from the house of bondage;