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Have you ever stopped to think about what you would say to God if you could see Him face to face or if you could pick up the phone and call Him?
In Psalm 13:1, David was not afraid to let the Lord know exactly how he was feeling. At the end of it all however, David always chose to trust in the Lord. Perhaps we could follow David’s example.
What direction do You want me to take – in terms of my career, in terms of my relationship? Lord, is she the one? Will it work?
Right now, all I am hearing in my head is noise. In the past, I took the route that I thought You were telling me to take – and look how that turned out – look where I am now! Feeling like I am not contributing anything meaningful to society.
Lord, I am afraid – afraid of stepping outside of Your will; afraid of failing; afraid that I will not have enough; afraid that I’ll not be able to provide for my family and to make ends meet.
As a result of these fears, I feel like I am settling for less than the best – the best that You promised me in Your Word.
Lord help me – answer me – guide me – help me to quiet the noise in my head and to listen to You.
Confused and afraid
“Suffering and joy teach us, if we allow them, how to make the leap of empathy, which transports us into the soul and heart of another person. In those transparent moments we know other people’s joys and sorrows, and we care about their concerns as if they were our own.”
As the story goes, the phoenix is a mythical bird with fiery plumage that lives up to 100 years. Near the end of its life, it settles in to its nest of twigs which then burns ferociously, reducing bird and nest to ashes. And from those ashes, a fledgling phoenix rises – renewed and reborn.
Life Coach Debra Gehrke says, like the Phoenix, we continue to rise from and rise above adversity, challenge – the contrast.
We rise stronger, surer, keener, and more aware.
We rise knowing ourselves more deeply than we did before.
We rise appreciating the vastness from whence we came and the greatness toward which we direct ourselves as a result.
When life delivers something seemingly less than we had hoped for, we can wallow in it, carry it around with us like an old-over-stuffed piece of baggage, or we can take one look at it and see the something more than amazing that arose as a result of it.
It’s a choice.
Time and time again, we rise!
None of us just want more money.
Let us face two cold hard facts:
- money in and of itself can not make us happy; and
- money sure as heck cannot buy love (something that we are all looking for on some level).
We want more money because money allows us to do certain things. Maybe we want to spend more time at home with our family, or maybe we want to travel the world. Whatever our reason is, we need to figure out our WHY.
The Financial Freedom journey
The journey to Financial Freedom is not a smooth or easy one. It takes A LOT of energy to put it mildly. There will be several points along the journey when we will feel like we should throw in the towel (give up).
We will start having the thoughts that it is so much easier:
– to just continue going to our jobs and being miserable;
– to continue to wish that we had a better life;
– to continue looking for a better paying job.
It is at these points along our journey that we will need to remind ourselves of our WHY.
How to us our WHY
When our WHY is big enough, when we have a burning desire for something deep down in our soul, the how tends to take care of itself.
Our WHY will keep us moving and will make us try again and again after we have failed for the umpteenth time! It is our WHY that will keep us disciplined and make us take action towards Financial Freedom.
In Think and Grow Rich, Napolean Hill tells us that the starting point of ALL (not only Financial Freedom) achievement is a burning desire. A burning desire can make us live a life of abundance in all areas.
Hill goes further to tell us “that every person who wins any undertaking must be willing to burn his ships and cut all sources of retreat. Only by doing so can one be sure of maintaining that state of mind known as a BURNING DESIRE TO WIN, essential to success.”
Think back to times in our own lives when we wanted, yearned for, something so much that we went through hell and high water to get it. On those occasions, we had a burning desire (a WHY).
So we see that our WHY may sound simple, but it is not to be taken lightly.
Dare to believe in the power of you and cheers to living a victorious life!