It is a beautiful, sunny day here in South Carolina, and I just wanted to take a minute to provide a word of encouragement. This is something I have said many times, but it never hurts to say it again just in case someone needs a moment of inspiration.
As many of us know by now, life is not easy. Life has many obstacles, challenges, and struggles on a daily basis. Every day people are leaving this world regardless of age, race, economic status, or location. So many negative things are happening. Relationships are falling apart. Friendships are falling apart. It seems that our enemies have familiar faces more and more now. Tragedies are taking place all around us, and then there is just simply the daily struggle of living itself. It becomes easy to fall into a pit of depression because life is difficult. That’s why it’s important to take a moment to inspire each other.
No matter how hard life gets, every day that we are granted is a brand new opportunity to take a step forward. It’s a new opportunity to do something positive. It may feel like the world around you is falling apart, and let’s just be real—sometimes the world around us does fall apart. It’s not just a feeling or something you can move past with ease. It really can be a hurtful experience. But, no matter what is happening around you—your God-given purpose is still alive. Every day that you’re alive, your purpose is alive. Every day that you’re alive is a day that you can do something positive to add to the legacy you’re going to one day leave behind for others to be inspired by. Nothing can take your God-given purpose away from you. No challenge, no betrayal, no struggle, no circumstance can ever take away what God has planned for you.
Remember, you are not defined by your struggle. You are still just as important, just as valuable, and just as special as you were the moment God created you! No one’s path is perfect. Learn from every mistake. Forgive others, not necessarily for them but for your own peace. Forgiving others does not mean you are weak, and it does not mean you agree with what they have done. It actually shows strength, and it allows you to release yourself from the burden of the pain and darkness bitterness and hatred carry with them.
A setback is not always a bad thing. Sometimes setbacks are very necessary for your setup for a comeback. Setbacks oftentimes reveal to us what we need to change. Change always should begin with you. Look at yourself and determine what you need to change to become a better version of yourself. You may need to take a look at your circle of friends. It’s hard to do, but sometimes we have people in our circle that are polluting our circle instead of helping to purify it, and they need to be removed. You don’t have to hate people to remove them. Simply wish them the best and move on without them in your circle. You may have to love and care for them from a distance, but always be aware that toxic people will only pollute your progress. Remember, you don’t have to fight every battle that comes across your path. DO NOT waste energy on unnecessary, irrelevant issues that do not add to your progress. Learn how to move on. People may think you have lost in the battle. Sometimes you have to let people think whatever they want to think while you move on to becoming a better person. Learn to recognize what are simply distractions. Negativity of any kind is a distraction. Focus on what is positive and what is going to make you better! So, don’t fall apart when you experience a setback. Oftentimes, setbacks are the journeys we take in order for God to re-route us in the right direction. Many times, they are what is needed in order to experience miracles and blessings! Don’t ever give up in the midst of a setback. Always have faith and keep moving forward! No matter what it looks like or feels like, keep moving forward because all it is, is a journey that is making you stronger, wiser, and even more successful in the end. Remember to appreciate every beautiful thing, moment, and person around you. Cherish all aspects of beauty, happiness, and peace.
You’re going to make it! You won’t be perfect. You may stumble along the way. You may cry and have some bruises, scrapes, and sores. You may have moments when you feel like giving up, and it will feel like you just can’t take anymore. You’re going to be sick and tired of being sick and tired. You’re going to feel stuck and hopeless. You’re going to see everyone else around you seemingly having the best time of their lives while you’re miserable. You’re going to wonder if God has forgotten about you, and you’re going to feel hurt and alone. Guess what? Unfortunately, what you’re experiencing is the hard facts of life. It’s called living, and not every moment is going to be great. And you know what? That’s for everyone…including those people who seem like they have it all together. No one has it all together all the time….no one.
But you’re going to make it, because you’re not going to give up…because God has a plan for you….because you are important….because you do matter….because you’re not defeated….because you are strong….because you are smart…because God will never forget about you….because God does love you.
SMILE because you’re blessed and highly favored!