And that's all in one day. DUHHH!
Be confidant in who you are - no one can be YOU better than you can! Do you have dreams? Go after them! Is there someone keeping you down? Release yourself from their grasp! Life is absolutely too precious to not life it to its fullest.
This week, I began a bible reading plan on my YouVersion app on my phone. The title of the plan:
Don't belittle yourself just because there may be someone better looking than you or better at their job than you may be. Everyone starts somewhere, and it's up to you how you want to achieve your dreams.
And in all of the craziness that is life, you've got to keep one thing in mind: Success in life requires one important tool - God's Word. It's not enough to simply own His Word - we must use it, read it, meditate it, obey it.
Have I not commanded you? BE STRONG and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. - Joshua 1:9
Don't be afraid to be successful. Don't be afraid to be yourself and strive for excellence. It's okay if you fail, even if it happens time and time again. Because remember, nobody is perfect. Nobody skips through life completely unscathed and blemish free. It just doesn't happen. We all fall on our asses time and time again, but I know that I will succeed because I will trust in God, even if he chooses not to grant every prayer and petition I offer up to Him.
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego allowed themselves to be bound and thrown into the furnace becasue they did not serve Nebuchadnezzar's gods or worship the image of gold he had set up. They knew that God could save them, but they also trusted Him even if He chose not to do so. When life doesn't go the way you'd hoped, and you're stuck in the furnace, will you choose to trust that God is still good?
I will. I do.
Just recently, I received some not-so-great news about my husband's job, and I took out my anger on him. Was I wrong? Absolutely! Did he forgive me? Of course! Did I apologize? Heck yes! Repeatedly. It's easy to be quick to anger and slow to peace, but I've got to make a conscious effort to change it all around. I just have to remember that God is good all the time. He knows what my future holds. He knows every twist and turn that my life has taken and will take in the future. But because I fully trust in Him, I know peace.
I have dreams. I have obstacles in the way of those dreams. But I don't give up. I won't. My dreams will be fed, day in and day out, with my husband by my side and the Lord as my guide. That doesn't mean it will be a seamless path, because I know for a fact that it won't be. I'm learning every day to not let my fears win; to not miss out on the ride of a lifetime by giving in to my fears.
Do you dare?