I haven't been honest with myself and my few followers (something that will be changing next year because I plan to follow my own advice). However, since it is Thanksgiving Eve, we need to be be thankful but also give since this is the season of THANKSGIVING. Have you gave of yourself lately? Have you given your clients and/or co-workers or even your boss your 110% in your daily activities? Have you given your spouse (or significant other) or your children 110% of yourself and your thoughts? Have you actually given your business 125% of yourself, your time, your talents, your passion? If not, you're not alone, for I am guilty of those same things as well. So in the season of giving thanks or having the giving in Thanksgiving, I want to leave you with a few words by Bishop E. Earl Jenkins. I would like to thank Mr. Greg Brown for passing this passage to me and now I want to pay it forward by giving it to you all. Here it goes:
"If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him." - James 1:5
Did you know that the hermit crab looks for a shell that fits him, then lives in it till he outgrows it? At that point he has to scurry along the ocean floor and find a bigger one; it's a process that repeats itself throughout his entire life. Are you clinging to something that no longer fits you, just because it's easy and familiar? In Psalm 4:1 David says,
"You...freed me when I was hemmed in and enlarged me when I was in distress." To develop and grow spiritually you must be willing to move out of your comfort zone and deal with a little 'distress.'
What worked for you yesterday may not work today. Maybe it's a job you've outgrown, a relationship you need to reexamine or a behavior you need to change. Regardless of what it is, never become so 'settled' that you can't let go and move on when you need to.
Patience and persistence are admirable, but they won't work in situations you've outgrown. Instead of hanging in and trying harder, at certain points you have to stop and ask yourself, "Is this situation good for me?" If you're not sure, ask God for "an understanding mind [to]...know the difference between...right and...wrong" (1Ki 3:9 TLB). His Word says, "If you need wisdom...ask [him], and he will [gladly] give it to you" (Jas 1:5 NLT).
When God says it's time to move on, it's because there's another shell out there that will fit you even better. But you can't take occupancy until you vacate the old one. So how about it -- are you ready for bigger things?
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