No matter what sort of obstacle you’re facing today, I want to encourage you to not give up! The challenges you have at work, at school, at home, or in your ministry don’t have to be isolated frustrations to endure; they may actually be setting you up for a leap forward that you never anticipated. You may be on the brink of a breakthrough!
God’s timing is so different from our own. When things aren’t playing out exactly how we want or expect them to, we're often being prepared for what comes next.
But to move forward, you need a plan. To stay on the right track, you’ve got to:
Refuse to give worry a foothold. It not only saps us of our joy, but also moves our focus away from what really matters. As 2 Timothy 1:7 says, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” Let your faith and sense of adventure be bigger than your fear!
Recognize what you can do. Don’t let today's difficulties paralyze you. Be consistent in the things you have control over: personal obedience, staying immersed in God’s Word, and remaining faithful to your other responsibilities and relationships. These actions may seem inconsequential in the moment, but by being faithful in them, you’re laying the foundation for major growth.
Don’t let your obstacles eclipse God’s goodness. When life gets tough, it's easy to let the negative take center stage. But never underestimate the power of gratitude. Perhaps you have a warm bed to sleep in or a dog who wags his tail at you each time you come home. Whatever it is, thank God for His provision. An appreciative heart will brighten your entire outlook!
I want you to embrace the strength, skills, and wisdom you’re gaining right now. When you do, you may discover that the challenges you’re currently facing are positioning you for a breakthrough—and an abundance—you never expected!
"The Unexpected Leap Forward", Propel Women, www.propelwomen.org
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