The beginning of April marked the end of the first quarter of this year, it felt like a good place to assess my present situation. In fact, every setting sun should be considered the same offering of opportunity.
The new year always seems to be replete with major losses. Famous people always seem to drop off at the very end and the very beginning of the year. This year, not only has the death rate of the very noteable been EXTREME, friends and acquaintances in my social media circles have encountered what appears to be an unusually large tally of losses as well. But, apart from the exponentially increased rates of violent homicides, I have noticed, with very few exceptions, many of the people who transitioned from this world in recent months have considerable accomplishments left in their wake.
They were found either doing, or having done what they came to this world to do. They were, either by accident or on purpose, humans being. While much of the world remarks about the tragedy of youth, gone too soon and the losses from natural disaster (I consider those to be a reflection of the times we live in and the casualties of the earth’s groaning for the Lord’s return), I find it equally important to make note of the many famous, not-so-famous and infamous, who have taken no regard to hold back so much as an ounce of what they’d been given to share with the world at large.
But…what about you? You’re still here.
There is absolutely no point in arguing regret for someplace else you’d rather be. No point in determining that someone else would be better suited to do what you’ve been given to do. There is no place else you really need to be, than where you are.
I am not a big fan of shopping malls. Most times I avoid them completely. But, it’s actually the map in the mall that brought me to our subject matter.
So often what irks my brain is how easily I, who am SEVERELY directionally challenged, get so lost in the stinking mall (anywhere, for that matter)!! I immediately seek out that blasted map that tells me, “YOU ARE HERE.” I study that map, desperately trying to find the place I want to be and inevitably find something else that I don’t need to do or buy. Most often, I file that in the, “Not in the budget,” box and move on toward my intended purchase.
The problem with most of us is that we are not so self aware that we can clearly determine to ourselves, or anyone else for that matter, where we are in our own lives. That is usually because, not only do we not know where we are, we have no clue who we are or what we are, to conclude where we are, where we’re destined to be or why!
But let’s stick to our present situation…
You are in the place you are in. It is not an accident, despite what you may be telling yourself, that it’s you and not someone else. But where, exactly, are you? Is it miserable, pleasant or just, ‘meh?’
Is it where you want to be or is it on the way to somewhere else? Are you busy with things that will take you someplace else or do you feel stuck, spinning your wheels?
What are you doing there? Is it something self-serving or self-destructive? Are you tagging along with someone or is someone along for YOUR ride?
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. (Jeremiah 29:11)
Beloved, I wish above all things that thou may prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospers. (3 John 2)
God knows why you’re where you are. And, He knew from the beginning of time that you would be there. If you haven’t already, you might want to find out what that plan is because, wherever you are is for YOUR benefit. And if you don’t know, you may end up doing something disastrous, while you’re just hanging out.
Whether or not you know why you are where you are, there are people where you are that are counting on you to figure it out. There are people, where you are headed, whose purpose depends on you getting there as well. But, you need to know who you are, where you are and why you’re there. That’s really the only way to understand where you are headed. And there are people in each and every place from here to there, that are rooting for you to get to your destiny.
Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us… (Hebrews 12:1)
I have only recently been able to really notice my physical weight loss over the last few years. The only reason I didn’t notice it sooner was because I was more impressed with my spiritual, social, emotional and mental weight loss during that same period of time.
God has blessed me SO MUCH in the last 5 years to get some extraordinary weight off of my mind, my back, my chest and my gut. I’ve been cutting back, beefing up and stretching out. I am stronger, faster, sharper and more stable than I have ever been.
I am in a place of repentance for judging my parents so harshly for raising us the only way that they could. As I became a parent, I tried to do everything I knew to do, to avoid making the same mistakes.I still made some of them, anyway, along with some brand new ones. Generational curses are tricky that way. But that’s where I AM today. I am more fully aware of my present situation. I am working to keep the correct course by listening to the Holy Spirit and actively seeking God’s word to stay within the proper boundaries for where I am. I am being proactive about preparing for whatever my next step may be (as the Lord directs me).
Enough about me…let’s talk about you.
You ARE here. YOU are here. You are HERE. Now, what are you going to do about it?