There is a wealthy business man who lives a lavish lifestyle. He is able to buy what he desires, travels where he wants at his leisure and owns the very best in tailored clothes, exquisite jewels and expensive cars. He enjoys the best tables at the finest restaurants wherever he is. His home looks more like an apartment complex boasting countless rooms and the roof is specially designed to withhold the weight of his helicopter. To many, this man seems to have it all. To many more, it seems as if his life is absolutely perfect.
There is a man who works two different jobs seven days a week attempting to put his five children through school. This man wears a uniform to both of his manufacturing jobs. He does not own a fancy house and doesn’t even own a car. He travels to work by bus which at times he misses because he may have to work overtime at one of his jobs. The place where he and his children call home is a one bedroom apartment where he sleeps on the floor while his children share the only bed in the entire place. Their meals are scarce yet they manage to eat them together.
If I asked you which life you would rather live, many of you would undoubtedly choose the person in the first story. What you don’t understand is that the man in the first story, who seems to have it all, grieves internally because he is unable to have children. The man in the second story, although his life is less glamorous, finds his wealth not in possessions but in the children and family around him. There are people who seem to live the life you dream about yet you never consider the life you are living may be the one others dream about.
If we compare our blessings to others, ours will never seem enough. Never look at another person’s blessings and compare it to yours. We are all uniquely blessed with what we have for a reason. Instead of focusing on what you want, appreciate what you have. Wealth is determined by many factors, determine yours by the love you give and receive rather than the things you have and want.
You will never find true happiness if you are constantly focused on what makes others happy. While I will never discourage you to always work hard to acquire your wants, I especially want you to focus on your needs; which by God’s grace are always met.
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The motivation behind this message is a text my sister sent to my entire family. At first, I didn’t know the basis behind her text but she later shared. She mentioned how a co-worker of hers had passed on unexpectedly and how important it was to forgive. The message read “If you have anyone you know you’re holding a grudge against, please let it go and forgive them.”
We all have someone or some past event that is adding extra weight to our lives due to the fact that we have not forgiven them. It is critically important that you learn how to forgive and forget in order to move forward. If you do not forgive someone who has done you wrong or mistreated you in the past, you will continue to be stagnant. You cannot turn to a new chapter if you haven’t read the previous one completely. Simply, you cannot fully move on with your life if you haven’t determined nor completely dealt with what has been holding you back in the first place.
One of the most difficult things to do in life is to forgive. Once you build up enough nerve to forgive someone, only then can you start living a more free & fruitful life. Some folks may argue that forgetting is much easier then forgiving and I would absolutely agree with that. However, forgetting takes no effort and the issue still has not been resolved. You can forgive someone and they never even know about it. You can forgive by choosing to let go of the past and forgiving all those who have trespassed against you.
The reason why you have not reached the next level is because you are holding on to the memory of someone from your past who has done you wrong. Let go of that right now today. Forgive them for their wrong doings. Forgive all those people who came in and out of your life and added no value. Forgive everyone who thought you would never amount to anything. Forgive those people who didn’t realize how special you truly are. Forgive and find that a more fruitful life awaits you.
Some people may say that there are certain things that are unforgivable. I disagree completely. There are certain things that may seem unforgivable, but your heart should never be one of those. Choose forgiveness today.
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Sometimes God has to humble us before he blesses us. Maintain the understanding that it is easier for God to lift us up when He finds us humble. The challenge many people face is that they are too prideful. There is some truth to the idiom which states that pride comes before the fall. What that simply means is that if you are too confident and are ostentatious in your ways, it is inevitable that something will happen to show you that you are not as great as you think you are. It is better for you to learn humility than it is for God to teach you.
The more humble you are the easier it is for you to receive your blessings. There is a man who was unemployed and was in search of employment for several months. He was an executive at his former company and felt as if he needed to find employment that was comparable to his last opportunity so he restricted his search to higher level employment opportunities. He solicited the assistance of temporary agencies as well in order to cast a larger net. One day a temporary agency called him and offered an opportunity with a company to serve as the receptionist. What do you think he did? Do you think he took the job? Would you have taken the job or would you falsely believe that the job was beneath you?
Well, he accepted the opportunity because he fully understood that where you start isn’t always where you finish. He also understood that sometimes God puts us in places and situations so that we can learn humility. Once you fully understand and accept this premise, then and only then will you be ready to accept the blessings He has waiting for you. This man had credentials that rivaled with the best in the corporate world yet he did not hesitate to accept a job to serve as one of the lowermost positions in the company.
One thing you must understand about opportunities is that God opens doors for those who are humble. God opens the door but it is up to you to walk through it. After working as the receptionist for a short while, he received a call to interview for the opportunity he’d been waiting for. He was blessed to have learned a lesson in humility while working as the receptionist and was ready to receive the blessing of the job he’d always wanted. Do not limit yourself because you think that you are too good to accept a job that is “beneath” you. Do not restrict yourself from blessings God has for you simply because you are too proud to accept an opportunity that will get you where you need to go.
Remember, every time we humble ourselves, we position ourselves to receive God’s grace and blessing.
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