We should always have a positive self-image of ourselves and believe that
we can accomplish great things in life. We should never let our past
shortfalls keep us stagnant and discourage us from believing for better
things for our future. As long as God is on His Throne, then our story
isn't finished yet. Even though we have failed in the past, we can stand
up again and accomplish that which is still deep in our hearts. We can
prepare ourselves for the challenge and with God's help we can overcome and
accomplish that which once seemed impossible. (Jeremiah 29:11) (Romans 8:34-37)
Be encouraged to have a renewed outlook on your dreams and aspirations.
Prepare yourself for victory. Do what is necessary to meet the challenge.
Become disciplined, diligent, unwavering, steadfast in faith and resolve
to strengthen your will to never become disheartened. With faith in God
all things are possible. Dream again and accomplish your hearts desires.
I hope this message encourages and inspires your heart to believe in
yourself again. Never allow the voice of discouragement to keep you from
becoming all that God has made you to be.
GETTING READY FOR TOMORROW
You heard about the sign posted on a rancher's fence? On the other side of
the fence resides the biggest, meanest looking bull you can imagine. The
sign is intended to strike fear into the hearts of would-be trespassers.
It reads: “Don't attempt to cross this field unless you can do it in 9.9
seconds. The bull can do it in 10 flat!”
Don't try to cross that field unless you are prepared! And isn't that the
way it is in life? We have to be ready when the opportunity arises or else
we will have little chance of success.
Sixth-grade schoolteacher Ms. Shelton believed in readiness. Students
remember how she walked in on the first day of class and began writing
words of an eighth-grade caliber on the chalkboard. They quickly protested
that the words were not on their level and they couldn't learn them.
Their teacher insisted that the students could and would learn these words.
She said that she would never teach down to them. Ms. Shelton ended by
saying that one of the students in that classroom could go on to greatness,
maybe even be president some day, and she wanted to prepare them for that day.
Ms. Shelton spoke those words many years ago. Little did she know that
someday one of her students - Jesse Jackson - would take them seriously
(“Leadership,” Summer 1992). She believed that if they were well prepared,
they could achieve high goals.
Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “People only see what they are prepared to
see.” If that's true, then it is also true that they only become what they
are prepared to become. And a lot of life is just about getting ready.
“I want to be doing something more significant with my life than what I am
doing now,” a young man once said to me. He felt like what he was doing was
just not that important. Other people have said things to me such as, “I
only wish I had a meaningful relationship.” And, “I'd really like to get a
better job, but I just don't see how.”
You fill in the blanks. What is it you would like to happen that isn't
happening? Perhaps the answer is that you are not yet ready. Maybe you need
more time to prepare before you are truly ready for that which you desire.
Think of today as another chance to prepare yourself for that exciting
future you are looking for. Today is not wasted. If you desire more from
life, then you can use today as training. For you will experience only what
you are prepared to experience. Something wonderful can happen. And you can
use today to get ready for tomorrow.
By Steve Goodier
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Romans 8:31-32 “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us,
who can be against us? He that spared not His own Son, but delivered Him
up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?”
Jeremiah 29:11-13 “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith
the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
Then shall ye call upon Me, and ye shall go and pray unto Me, and I will
hearken unto you. And ye shall seek Me, and find Me, when ye shall search
for Me with all your heart.”
Psalm 118:4-6 “Let them now that fear the LORD say, that His mercy endureth
for ever. I called upon the LORD in distress: the LORD answered me, and
set me in a large place. The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can
man do unto me?”
Philippians 3:13-14 “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but
this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching
forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the
prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
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