How full is your basket? Recently I was having one of my low moments and I realized that all the things I was concerned about does not identify who I am. Therefore, I decided to put my thoughts in a mental basket and allow myself to see that what’s in the basket does not define who I am, but it’s a part of who I am. We need to stop making hasty decisions based on one feeling, one incident, or one wrong turn. A lot of what we are experiencing is caused by our anxiety, our failures, our hopes and dreams, or our past mistakes. It’s okay to allow those feelings to go thorough your body as long as you don’t stay in that place.
With the excitement and the pressure that the New Year brings most of us feel that this is a great time to start new projects. But not necessarily! Don’t get caught up in the New Year, New You phenomenon. For most people this should be a time of reflection on what worked, what did not work, and the changes we need to make moving forward. When you look at your basket you need to be able to see it as something outside of you and not see it as you. When I gathered my thoughts and concerns and put them in my basket, I must say that my basket was full. However the great thing about that was, I was able to separate the basket from me. I could look at it when I needed to or felt like looking at it. I could also leave it sitting there altogether. I could add items as they came to mind, and that in itself removed the thought or concern from the immediate forefront of my mind. It’s almost like writing down what needs to get done. Once you release it on paper you are no longer bound by your thoughts. So, is your basket full? If it is then that’s a good thing. It simply means that you have transferred your thoughts to a place outside yourself where you can deal with them at your leisure.
Failure to see round the corner. It is a shame when you are so fixed on what’s in front of you that you lose sight of what’s possible. In life there are many crooks and turns, however we are putting a ceiling on our potential by our failure to see round the corner. God always leads us to where we need to be and not where we want to be. When you began to see your stops along the way as a training ground rather than a punishment, you will start to realize that all things work for your good. There is no need to feel like what happens in life is there to take you out. As a child who was raised with no electricity and no plumbing until I was in grade school, I know how to survive when the lights are out or the pipes are frozen. This is not a crisis to me but an adjustment instead. So many times we get comfortable with a situation to the point where we fear moving forward. Familiarity is easier than taking a risk. Why consider going around the corner when we know what life is like in this present space? What if I go and fail? What if I don’t like it once I get there? What if they talk about me? That could happen. You may fail, and you may not like it once you get there, and they will talk about you. But I can guarantee you this much, if you stay where you are you will continue to be where you are. You cannot take what you know into the future unless you are willing to go there. No time or effort is wasted as long as you learn something. It may not be clear what the lesson/meaning is at first but in due time, you will be amazed when you see stuff start to fall into place. I cannot count the times when I have said to myself, “Wow, I’m so glad I learned or went through this or that!” So go ahead. Make that move. Don’t just peep around corner, go round it! You never know what might be on the other side.
Underneath the Drip! Are you so blindsided by what you don’t have that you fail to see what’s right under your nose? What about the days when it seems like the world is against you and nothing you do is working? Remember that one thing that you knew was a sure go and it turned out to be a mistake in the end? You cried your heart out because you just knew she was the one. You spent hours in the kitchen preparing his favorite meal because you were told, “the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.” Well, all is not lost! There are times when we are getting exactly what we need for growth from a very unlikely source. We are so conditioned to micromanaging our results that we can overlook our blessings.
During my bible study today there was this story about a man who saw a beautiful flower growing up through a crack in the concrete. He wondered how did this plant manage to survive with such hostile surroundings. When he looked up he saw that there was an air conditioning unit dripping water directly above the plant. The plant received the help it needed from the water above. We are just like that plant. We need to appreciate the help that is sent even if the source is not what we expected. Are you underneath the drip?