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You Have the Green Light!

Hello fam –

How was your weekend? I hope you had a refreshing one. Tell me about it in the comments. Today, I want to share a little Monday motivation. So, I’ll get right to it.

This is how Genesis 12 begins –

Get yourself out of your country, away from your kinsmen and away from your father’s house, and go to the land that I will show you. I will make of you a great nation, I will bless you, and I will make your name great; and you are to be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, but I will curse anyone who curses you; and by you all the families of the earth will be blessed (Gen 12:1-3).”

That voice was wind, the still small voice, the voice of the Almighty, calling Abraham from the future to the future (the same voice that calls you). Abraham could have settled and lived a normal life where he was. Instead he chose – mission “impossible” with God.

I guess for us believers –

Destiny – God’s call to us from the future to the future – is the new normal

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To meet with the God of destiny, Abraham had to walk into his future. Sure, Abraham was told to leave his comfort zone but He was not told where to go either.

Sound familiar?

It wasn’t until after he stopped somewhere in Canaan that God showed up with some encouragement and confirmation. In short, when Abraham first heard that voice, he received only half of the vision. It was a faint call. Not knowing which way to go, he followed his “instincts.”

He followed his “instincts.”

I wonder! How many of us who have discerned the call of destiny to engage in some business, educational, political, leadership…sphere, field, or trade? Yet how many of us have quickly dismissed it without testing the spirit of the “voice” we heard or discerned?

I wonder! How many of us have received a dream or vision, but don’t know what to do with it, which way to go with it, or how to start living it?

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No worries. You are not alone.

And yes, there is a general rule which can help. Father Abraham gave us a clue. It is –

“Just start walking. But follow your “instincts”

Go – in the direction of the call, of that God-inspired desire. Go the way “His peace” leads. If there are two or three things you want to do or feel called to do, chose one and focus on it. It will make room for the rest.

On the way, you will hear the voice again. He will confirm the promise and offer more direction and counsel for next steps. And also, God will create room for other aspects of your dreams and vision to converge.

There is enough time to do what God called you to do. All you need to do is determine what He didn’t call you to and who He didn’t send you to and you’ll be at peace with your mission  ~ Kris Vallotton (paraphrased)

Abraham was told many things. Leave where you. Go where I will show you. You will have kids…and so many other blessings. He could have started with anyone of them. But the main focus was – leave. And he did.

However, Abraham’s clue and the general rule (which I share at the end) makes more sense when Abraham’s story is compared with Noah’s story.

Noah vs Abraham

You may be worried. You may be thinking or saying –

God gave me the vision. But God has not told me to move forward.”

I get it. Been there too. But, here’s a thought. The Jewish Sages argue that the following is also the reason why the nation of Israel began with Abraham instead of Noah.

When Noah entered the Ark, he didn’t close the door of the Ark behind him. God did (Gen 7:16,17). After the flood, when the land outside was dried, Noah didn’t go out. He waited for God to open the door and tell him to go out (Gen 8:16,16).

Contrast Noah to Abraham. God told Abraham to leave his birthplace, family, and homeland…and go to the place where he will be shown NOT where he was already shown. Turns out Abraham wasn’t even told where to go until much later. Abraham was told, in Hebrew, to “Walk on ahead of me (God)” or “Go already.”

Thus, Abraham became the father of faith and of all children who live or walk by faith. Noah lacked initiative and leadership. But Abraham walked on ahead of God. He didn’t wait. He took initiative (faith), following his instincts (discernment) after hearing a command to Go.

Go where?

He wasn’t told. All he had to work with was – GO. Nevertheless, he went – in a direction of his choosing but in obedience to an open command and a broad vision. After all, the key focus of what God said was – leave. So, he left. Where to was his choice. But –

 

Here’s the general rule –

All things are yes and amen in Christ Jesus (2 Cor 1:20).”

Meaning, in regards to all God’s promises, hopes, and plans for you – you ALREADY have the green light. What you asked for, the promise, prophecy, call…is already yours. Once revealed, its in motion. Once revealed, its your responsibility.

God has already given you the green light. So walk on ahead. Take initiative.

Make the move, take a step, send the text, make the phone call, inquire about the application, talk to a potential business partner about the vision, study problems in the field of your calling, learn new thoughts, talk…like you have the green light to do it until HE – God – holds up a red light and tells (inspires, warns…) you to stop.

As long as whatever you do concerns healing the broken hearted, redeeming and restoring people, make life a little better…and making earth a little like heaven (on earth as it is in heaven) in any way, form, or fashion, we are to – walk on ahead.

Stop waiting for God to act. God is waiting for us to act. That’s the life of adventure we said yes to.

So, chose a path or start with one of your many visions – the most attainable, the one God points to, or the one step He first alludes to – and work with it. Let him handle the rest.

Yes, dream big. But have a focused dream

Unless He specifically tells you to stop or “wait on the Lord” and be patient, – stop waiting. Get to work.  Even so, God will not tell you to “wait” if you haven’t first stepped out and walked in faith OR if the waiting in itself is not sacrificial and requires faith. Otherwise, what are you waiting for?

Meanwhile, follow His peace because, “The peace that Christ gives is to guide you in the decisions you make (Col 3:15).”

Let His peace guide you –

For where there is no peace – about a decision, a situation, or a connection – there is no Prince of Peace. He is absent. That’s a red light.

Absence of peace may suggest stop, wait, review, pray, change direction…! Its important to know because His peace which guides us is what guides our destiny instincts is connected to God’s Spirit in us.

Also, that peace is what makes us adamant, stubborn, and absolutely convinced that what we are doing is divinely inspired and will succeed beyond all hope even when folks doubt us, our ability, and especially our God’s ability to turn probability into possibility.

Preserve that peace. Walk in it always. Be a son or daughter of peace.

And lastly, don’t be afraid or worried if you think or feel like God is not speaking to you or speaking about the vision with you.

If it seems like the Lord isn’t saying anything, it most likely means He doesn’t have anything to say at that moment about the dream or vision.

He will reach out to remind, empower, inspire, and just talk when there is something to talk about in that department. I’m sure He’ll love to talk about something else. Better yet, why not talk about something He wants to talk about?

Eg: his hopes and plans for his other children and how you can join him in reaching out with encouraging and comforting words.

Yes! You do hear his voice. You are his child. Have your peace and keep on walking.

I hope this blesses you.

I wish you a week full of good health and prosperity.

 

One love, One Spirit.


PS: How was your weekend? Tell me about it. I would love to hear about it. Seriously!

THE MAIN ATTRACTION

Okay! Question.

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If you planned on visiting Hollywood and actually did, what would be a memorable experience for you? Would it be –

  1. Going up to take a photo at the Hollywood sign
  2. Hiking on the “Walk of Fame” on Hollywood Boulevard – OR –
  3. Actually walking into or meeting and talking with a Hollywood star?

[Share your answers in the comments]

~ $10 says you go for option 3 ~ (Any wagers?)

But, here’s my point.

A place is NOT about the place: its about the people in that place

[Me and Anthony Anderson chit-chating about life] Continue reading “THE MAIN ATTRACTION”

IDEAL CIRCUMSTANCES? (what do you think)

Hello fam,

So, a while back this thought came to mind –

In life, you won’t always have ideal circumstances, but you will always have opportunities in un-ideal circumstances for advancement.

Nothing is ideal.

The world is not ideal. Our circumstances are not ideal. People are not ideal. The stars won’t always line up for you to be able to make your move, date, marry, or start a business. Even when we hope for the ideal times to take a risk, they never come.

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…Ughh…ain’t that the truth…

And if you are waiting for that ideal thing or person, gifts and blessings will always pass you by. But, indulge me for a sec.

I noticed that in the midst of the un-ideal circumstances are silent opportunities, echoed only by the wind.

You won’t see these opportunities. You won’t hear them. But for a brief moment, you will feel the breeze of one or two opportunities caress your countenance. ONLY for a brief moment.

*If you are adamant about perfection, perfect circumstances, and ideal circumstances, you will likely dismiss silent opportunities too quickly. You will brush it off as a temptation and miss the God moments, signs, numbers, symbols, and signals. You may miss God’s voice in the mundane and the unconventional.

*If you have an open mind, you will pick up the scent. And perhaps you will debate in your mind the outcome of either choosing to pursue set ideals or risk taking the opportunity in front of you. (NB: I’m not talking about values and ethics. Just life).

*You may consider that going with the opportunity you find. But of you, this choice will require great honesty on your part. Honesty about what is currently possible about your situation.

Honesty about what the current limits, boundaries, and restrictions of your situation are. And honesty as well as a painful admission about whether you are willing to pay the price to overcome set obstacles and limitations.

The choice will always be yours.

We don’t live in a world of fairy tales and happy endings.

THIS IS THE REAL WORLD. WE ARE LIVING IT

We can’t always make situations ideal but we can at least grow toward becoming our ideal selves

What makes our failures, hopes, ruined expectations…painful is hope deferred.

That’s because we have to contend with life living its own life. Life has a life of its own. It has its own good days and bad days.

But, even as we contend with what we wish were an ideal set of circumstances for our lives at the moment of pondering a decision, there will always be hope.

There will always be an opportunity or a possibility in the midst of un-ideal circumstances to chose something, chose someone, or make a simple choice that can be a long term blessing. But that will require some mental, emotional, and physical work.

That’s for sure. So –

We may not have ideal circumstances. But we can manage and have the ability to shift our journeys and circumstances toward the ideal side of the life spectrum after the fact

On the other hand –

Failure to take an opportunity just because circumstances are not ideal may become the one pivotal thing in life that you look back on as failure. Regardless of that, you can become a pirate of your crisis. So –

Work with the ideal in mind but plan elaborately for the worst and for alternatives. Better yet, “Lean not on your own understanding but in all your ways acknowledge the Lord and He will order your step (Proverbs 3:5).”

This is the real world.

Even so, its in the midst of us living “in the real world” and being a part of it that makes the work of the Almighty in us and through us a light, a delight, and a testimony.

CIRCLE OF COMPETENCE: Stories & Application

Okay fam!

Honest!

Did you enjoy reading the Circle of Competence: Your Gifts & Talents? Was it helpful? Did it resonate with you? [Please let me know. Good or bad, it helps me grow].

(If you didn’t already, I encourage you to read it. This post is a continuation of the explanation of The Life-cycle of your Gifts and Talents)

In the first post about your Circle of Competence, I ended on the note that you can trace your steps from uncertainty, obsession, and desire back to your gift. Let me demonstrate that insight with a true story. Continue reading “CIRCLE OF COMPETENCE: Stories & Application”