It’s not over until you win.

Getting from where you are to where you want to go is all about direction. However, as I adventure through life one thing I’ve learned along the way is that you can gas up for the ride but eventually you will run out of fuel. At the start of my college career I adopted a philosophy which was “Failure is not an option”. Although, I knew that failure was possible, that philosophy was motivation for me to never give up. You see there is a difference between failing and giving up versus failing and trying again.

Here is a secret about life that you should know: no matter how tough you are or how smart you may be, life will knock you down. You can plan your next move or plan out your life but you can’t plan for the unexpected; hence the term unexpected. Hopefully I have your attention by now because this is something you will need to know and take with you as you journey through life. If you are in the process of building your dream or becoming a better person there is a possibility that you will fail and fall down at some point in your life. The journey will not always be easy and may be hard at times. But don’t let this discourage you because even the most successful dream chasers hit a couple of bumps in the road. You might get some scratches, bruises and wounds during the process. What do you do when life knocks you down? You find the courage to get back up again. The answer is simple but the concept can be difficult to grasp depending on one’s circumstances at that time. But it’s possible and so is making your dreams come true.

 

While in the midst of accomplishing our dreams, there are many unforeseen obstacles one must go through.

We have to overcome many battles in order to finish what we’ve set out to achieve. 

Will it be easy? No.

Will you make some mistakes? Yes.

Will it get hard? Yes.

Will you want to give up? Yes.

Will you fall down? Yes, several times as a matter of fact! 

But you must continue to get up and never give up

AND THAT TAKES COURAGE. 

You must reach deep down inside and find the courage to stand up! 

Although everything around you can be falling apart, it takes courage not to give up. 

It takes courage to smile when your world is crashing down.

It takes courage to try again when all you have done is failed.

It takes courage to face your biggest fears.

Listen, it takes courage just to live life.

Most of all it takes courage to live your dream.

You may not succeed the first time, and may even fail again the second time, but you must have the courage to try again.

No matter how many times you fall down, no matter how many times you fail, eventually your dreams will come true if you keep trying.

So never give up on your dreams because it’s not over until you win.

Fall seven times and have the courage to stand up eight.

Which direction are you going in 2017?

We have traveled many paths over the course of the years– trying to figure out who we are and what we want to do in life. Each year we continue to set goals, make resolutions, and promises to ourselves. Some of us go in the same direction each year only to find ourselves in the same mess. If you continue to do what you have always done then you will only go where you have always been. Do not be in such a hurry to enter 2017 without knowing the direction in which you are headed towards. Many people are going nowhere fast. Are you that person going in circles each year? Do you know your purpose in life? Are you living out your purpose? Are you on the right path towards your destiny? Will the path you chose for 2017 help you become a better person? If not, then it’s time for a change. It’s time for a different plan of action. It is time for a different plan, not your plan but God’s plan. In 2017 ask God to bless your plan and you will be successful in carrying them out. Let God direct your steps.

Proverbs 16:1- 4; 9

  1. We may make our plans, but God has the last word
  2. You may think everything you do is right, but the Lord judges your motives
  3. Ask the Lord to bless your plans, and you will be successful in carrying them out.
  4. Everything the Lord has made has its destiny; and the destiny of the wicked is destruction
  5. You may make your plans, but the Lord directs your actions

God has a plan for your life. But first you must surrender to Him. Please understand that your plans are not God’s plans; our ways are not His ways. God allows us to plan our lives and make preparations with our heart but as you know our heart can sometimes mislead us. So like a good father He wants to lead us and guide us in the right direction. God only wants the best for his children. God created you for his own purpose and inside you is a purpose that’s far greater than you can ever imagine or understand. There is greatness within you that you have yet to unleash. You cannot unleash that greatness within you as long as you are living in your comfort zone. The reasons He shuts doors in your life and lead you into the wilderness (moving you out of your comfort zone) are so that you may be far away from friends and families and hear from Him. He wants to change your hearts and lives, and for you to trust and believe in Him. So that you may bear witness to the goodness of His mighty works and know that He is God.

Isaiah 40:3

  • The voice of one that crieth, Prepare ye in the wilderness the way of Jehovah; make level in the desert a highway of our God.

Isaiah 41:18

  • I will open rivers on the bare heights, and fountains in the midst of the valleys; I will make the wilderness a pool of water.

Isaiah 43:19

  • Behold, I will do a new thing; now shall it spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.

 

Have faith and let God lead you on the right path, in the right direction. He leads us to discover and understand our purpose through our gifts and talents. He will allow you to fall down and go through some storms. He knows that you have what it takes to survive any situation. After all, he is the creator of all things. He is only preparing you for the blessing(s) that’s awaiting you. What you may think is destroying you is actually building you up for the promise, His promise.  You can’t get to the promise being the same way you are. You must change!

A New Year does not mean a New You until You change.

Psalm 32:8

The Lord says, I will teach you the way you should go; I will instruct you and advise you.

Be my strength.

Be the person to show me that my imperfections are insignificant to my perfections. Help me focus not on my flaws instead shift my attention towards why you accept me for me. 

Be the person I never knew I needed. 

We all have flaws and that’s ok. Just know you have greatness within you that’s bigger than your flaws. Sometimes you have to see yourself through someone else’s eyes. 

Respect

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I was raised to treat the janitor with the same respect as the CEO.

 

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