This weekend I had the opportunity to go on a board retreat to work on planning for 2018 for a girl’s organization I am honored to be a part of. In between planning, I was able to interact and enjoy the company of two virtious and powerful women. As I reflect back over the weekend, I found a quote that sums up these two women:
Both of these women have amazing stories of how they have and continue to overcome the “bricks” that life has thrown their way. They are also both dedicated to helping others overcome their bricks. I believe that you have to surround yourself with people who inspire and these two women inspire me daily.
We all have “bricks” that are thrown at us. What makes you successful is how you deal with those bricks. I tell my clients “you can’t change the things that have happened to you, but you can choose how you allow those things to affect you today and in the future.” Each one of us has to make the decision to either let go of past hurts or use those hurts in a positive way. If we do not make one of these two choices, then we are doomed to live an unfilled life.
This weekend has reminded me that I am successful and I have crushed the bricks of my past. It has also given me confidence that I will continue to be successful crushing new bricks because I choose to handle them with wisdom, maturity, and class in the same manner I watch these two women.
So, this week’s focus is on Chapters 1 and 2 of Jonah, but I am going to focus on Chapter 1. So, the Lord tells Jonah to go preach to the people in Nineveh and instead of doing what the Lord said Jonah tries to flee to Tarshish. During one of our devotions this week on She Reads Truth, they showed a map of where Nineveh and Tarshish are. Jonah did not just flee from what God told him to do he went in the opposite direction and attempted to go hundreds of miles away. Jonah thinks like me. BUT GOD! But, God comes after Jonah. Have you ever ran away from what God has told you to do? I remember when I was in high school I would always speak about the sexual abuse I went through as way of healing for myself and to help others. My friends would always come to me for advice about their problems. But, nothing in that screamed I would become a psychologist. In fact, I wanted to be a Chemical Engineer. I loved math and chemistry! When God started speaking to me about entering the psychology field and becoming a psychologist, I was like “God stop playin!.” I laughed it off, ignored it, and tried my best to pursue my lifelong dream of being a Chemical Engineer. But how many people know that once God speaks to you, He will never relent? I saw a post from T. D. Jakes yesterday that said “When God calls you there is nothing you can do to change His mind!” That is so true. Jonah tried to run, but God pursued him and trapped him until he gave in. I tried to avoid my calling, but in the end, I gave in. God is calling you today to do something that you have been running from. It is time to turn towards Him and walk out the path that He has set you on. So to all my fellow Jonah’s out there it is time to stop running and get swallowed up in the belly of the whale in preparation for what God has called you to do!