We should never allow ourselves to stay stagnant in life. There are so many people in this world who have allowed their past failures to keep them from believing for a better tomorrow. What we must all realize about life is that we are all imperfect and flawed human beings. We will always make mistakes. We will always find ways that don't work, but what we must remember and keep in mind is that we can't stay in a defeated mindset because the God who created us has promised that our latter end will be much greater than our former beginnings. Knowing that God favors us should give us the confidence to stand up again, to rise above any negative situation and to believe in ourselves anew. No matter what you may be going through, I want you to know that you can rise above it and become better because of it. Don't wallow in self-pity, don't stay in that defeated state, but in faith believe for a brighter and better future. (Isaiah 64:6-9) (Psalm 37:23-28)
In my walk with the Lord, I have learned that every trial brings with it a lesson learned and every tough situation strengthened my resolve to continue on no matter what comes my way. I encourage you to see every obstacle as a steppingstone to greater heights. Don't become bitter because of the problem, but allow yourself to become better by the overcoming of it. Believe that God wishes for you to triumph and be victorious in your life and by being a doer of His Word, make God proud by fulfilling your destiny and completing the work that He has entrusted you with. Every life is significant in God's eyes and when we believe this truth and put forth every effort to use our life in a profound and meaningful way, we will be proud of how we lived our life and we can say with the apostle Paul “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.” (James 1:22) (2 Timothy 4:7)
I hope this message encourages and challenges your heart to always strive to rise higher and become better in your life.
I was driving down the road on a warm, Spring day recently with my windows rolled down. I wanted to feel the wind on my face and smell the wonderfully sweet scent of the flowers in the air. It was my ears, however, that were blessed with sweetness as I slowed down for a school zone. The laughter of dozens of children filled the air as they ran and played on the playground. I heard several of them yelling with delight as they swung on the swing set. With each pass they flew higher and higher. It brought a smile to my lips, a warmth to my heart, and a flood of memories to my mind.
I remembered being their age. Us boys would always give the girls a push and then jump in the empty swings next to them and try to catch up. With our legs pumping we would soon be soaring through the air. We laughed at the thrill of freedom, at the joy of flight, and at the feeling that at any moment we could zoom into the heavens. I remembered later being a young father and pushing my own children on the swings. Watching their happiness was a bit of Heaven itself. I remembered as well one time my five year old daughter saying, “You swing too, Daddy!” I was embarrassed at first but once I saw my feet headed towards the clouds again and all those wonderful feelings of childhood came rushing back. I was flying high once more. After that I always rode on the swings with my kids no matter who was there to see me.
I think that sometimes we forget that we were meant to fly and we need the children to remind us. God didn’t put us in this world to sit and suffer with our feet in a mud puddle and our eyes on the ground. He wants us to fly higher and higher in love, joy, and wonderful oneness with Him. He wants our spirits to soar into Heaven while still here on Earth. And most of all He wants us to give a push skyward to anyone who needs it. May you love well and fly high always.
By Joseph J. Mazzella
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
2 Timothy 1:6-7 “Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands. For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”
Philippians 1:6 “Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.”
2 Corinthians 4:17-18 “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.”
1 Corinthians 1:26-28 “For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are.”
Psalm 28:6-8 “Blessed be the LORD, because He hath heard the voice of my supplications. The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in Him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise Him. The LORD is their strength, and He is the saving strength of His anointed.”
1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is He that calleth you, who also will do it.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today’s Selected Poem: HOLD ON TO YOUR DREAMS
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