“Do you want to golf or zipline?” one of my friends asked me. “Golf!” I said. “Ok, we’ll go with ziplining.”
My mouth hit the floor. Really?! Why even ask if you’re going to choose the opposite? lol That’s how the conversation went in my head, but I never said anything aloud. I definitely was not open to new experiences, so I was a bit flustered that we would go. I’m not sure if you understand the concept of ziplining, but you’re literally harnessed to some cables and mounted on an incline. You travel from the top to the bottom zipping through trees.
Although I was a bit skeptical about ziplining, I gained insight as to how ziplining relates to life.
Here’s the story.
Each time, we connected our harness to the cable cords, we had to make sure everyone was safe. I would ask the person behind me, “Are you connected?” Each person would make sure they asked the other if they were connected. We didn’t stop asking that another until we finished the entire course. At that moment, I realized that I needed the person in front of me and the person behind me needed me. Whichever way I looked at it, everyone needed each other.
The second parallel to life came when I climbed higher in the trees. When I went higher in the trees, I had to make sure I wasn’t getting too relaxed. If I made one little mistake, I could have died. As you climb higher in life, you can’t get lazy and too relaxed. You shouldn’t relax your standards or take down your spiritual guard. One mistake could cause you your reputation, your witness, your integrity.
Another lesson I learned through that experience is that each person mattered to me. It wasn’t just the group I was with, but each person on that course mattered. At one point, I was higher up and I heard someone screaming below. Frantically, I looked to see if they were ok. Once I realized they were, it made me look at life a different way. Often, when you’re striving to live on purpose, those around you should matter. Whether they’re seemingly higher up or lower than you, everyone matters. If God is calling but you aren’t reaching that potential, then I should be devastated.
Altogether, ziplining was great! I had fun and learned a ton.
What experiences have you pushed to the side because it was new and different and you were afraid to venture into something new? I’d love to hear your story!
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One of the hardest things to do, at times, is to believe who God has called you to be. He tells you, “You’re blessed. You’re favored. You have the power to create wealth…and a lot more.” But seemingly, everything around you isn’t lining up. You feel defeated. Your life doesn’t progress as you’d hope. You’re broke. If you aren’t careful, you just may start to doubt God that what He says is even true, especially His power.
Here’s one thing I realized. It doesn’t matter what you think about yourself or what the circumstances look like. You are STILL who God says you are.
Think of it this way.
A flower—whether it’s in seed form in the ground, sprouting up from the ground, or fully blossomed, it will always be a flower. It
may be in different stages of it’s life, but in the end, it will be what it was purposed to be. The Scripture says, Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof, and the patient in spirit is better than the proud.
So how do you overcome negative thoughts and emotions? Keep in mind that you will go through NUMEROUS seasons in life—where you may feel broke, disgusted, unaccomplished, and unsuccessful—but you are STILL who God has called you to be. Never forget that.
Do you have a hard time believing who God has called you to be? If so, I’d love to hear from you.
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Today is a sad day for me.
I received a call from a friend that Dr. Myles Munroe, his wife, and several others, had passed away in a terrible plane crash. Immediately, I went online to see if the story was true. It wasn’t that I didn’t believe my friend, but a small piece of me hoped that it was only another online death hoax. Just two days prior, Macaulay Culkin was a victim of this ruthless “joke”, so I was hoping that it would be the same for Dr. Munroe too. Unfortunately, it wasn’t and he had passed away.
“How could…? Why would…? If he…?” I couldn’t even finish my sentences. Everything seemed incomplete. After awhile, though, as it began to sink in, there was one word that stood out…legacy. Dr. Myles Munroe left a legacy for now and generations to come.
I didn’t know him personally, but his books changed my life tremendously. When I wanted
to fully maximize my potential, I turned to Maximizing Your Potential: The Keys to Dying Empty. When I wanted to learn more about prayer, I turned to Understanding the Purpose and Power of Prayer. These are just a few of the books I’ve read, but I am confident that my life has changed for the better.
What Dr. Munroe gave to this world was extremely priceless. He passed down his wisdom, guidance, and most importantly, his testimony, to help us to overcome! I am forever grateful and am confident that this great inheritance will forever churn inside the hearts of the people that touched his products. Dr. Myles Munroe lived on purpose, but today I’m asking you, are you? Even more, what legacy would you leave for others?
Rest In Peace Dr. Myles Munroe, Dr. Richard Pinder and all those who passed away. To Bahamas Faith Ministries and the victim’s families, you too are in my prayers.