That time of year has come when I take some time to re-evaluate my year. A year ago, I was determined to make some major changes and some major progress. My spirit had reached the point where it was no longer interested in playing second fiddle to anyone or anything. I knew that I was overdue in accepting God’s love and its manifestations in my life. Sure, I had been saying for a number of years prior that I wanted all that God wanted to bless me with and I wanted to be a blessing to others. The being a blessing to others part came easier for me. Well, at least I was half way there right?
Many, many, MANY years ago I got a very clear vision of me helping a large number of people. What I saw was likened to actual footage of what this looks like. Its memory serves as a constant reminder and motivation, but you can understand how at times it can be frustrating—can’t you? Just think about it…there you are, sitting like a child at Christmas on Christmas Day looking at gifts with your name on them, but you can’t unwrap them (yet). “What am I doing wrong,” I thought. What must I change?
Around the middle part of 2014, I began to seriously consider relocating. Some potential opportunities were presented to me, but my spirit was strongly against such change. Trust and Believe! was my reoccurring message. Oh, the struggle was real yet I challenged myself to remain still and to gather lessons of the season. Being still forced me to be present. Being present allowed me to become more conscious, more centered.
I made it a point to slow down. Spending more time with my family replaced mandatory meetings. Discovering new hobbies and returning to known ones creates for me environments which support my growth. In doing so, I began to write again. One of my 2015 goals was to complete my second novel for publication. Done! What the mind can dream, one can achieve! Now, I am looking for a particular literary agent. I am looking for a literary agent who enjoys both topics of faith and that of gender. (HELP ME by sharing this request/blog/post! Someone may know someone or that someone may be you! Email: email@example.com Now, THAT’S growth!)
In 2015, I grew professionally as well. I finally understood the importance of surrounding myself with people who value my gifts and talents! This was easier once I trusted God to provide for me professionally. Being goal-oriented, it is easy to get so focused on reaching the goal that God is left out of your equation. Once I surrendered to God being the equation, I confidently became uncompromising about my self-worth and the value of my gifts and talents. He and He alone is my Source, my Provider, my Resource-Sender. My ability to discern increased and this is vital for the sustainability of healthy working relationships! Amazing and supportive environments are waiting for me and YOU to show up. Show up!
As a result of my professional surrender to God, I realized I had a mental block that was thorn-ish. (I think I just made that word up, but stay with me.) Once I understood, however, the bigger purpose of what my professional pursuits serve, I was able to see its connection to the vision. (Aha!) Through my faith, I was able to find rest. Do you think faith-based people generally identify their professional lives as being intertwined with their spiritual lives and divinely-inspired purposes? Do you think they find rest in that? For me, this revelation was MAJOR! Don’t you just love it when you can see God’s work in your life?! (I’m sure I will blog more about this later.)
As I look back over the last twelve months, I can see progress and that fills me with excitement. Thank You God for progress! I have grown as a professional and I understand how such growth allows me to be a blessing within God’s Kingdom. I am aware of the importance of setting boundaries and how such boundaries allow for life to be enjoyed. If you are like me, there is a potential for us to become vulnerable spending time and energy doing good things because our flesh encouraged us. Setting boundaries, however, keeps us focused on doing things directed by God because we understand our purpose. I needed to apply this principle to my professional life. I needed to merge my professional lessons with my God-inspired vision and grow. Do you?