I was listening to a message the other day from my mentor and friend, Pastor Arthur Jackson III from Miami. His message title was Don’t Miss It. This message was about how the Children of Israel missed the opportunity to get to Canaan (the place of more than enough) when God presented it to them. The road to their destiny should have taken them just a few days, but it ended up taking forty years.
As I sat and listened to this awesome message, I started to reminisce about my own life. I have been presented with opportunity after opportunity and I can honestly say that I missed the chance to get to Canaan (the place of more than enough) before now. If you are honest with yourself, you have missed some great opportunities as well. But the good news is that we can still make it to our place of more than enough if we do what is necessary.
It has always been my belief that no one in their right mind wants to live in lack. I would love to believe that every one of us wants to have life and have it more abundantly. I do understand that success is different for everybody, but I believe that all of us want to have the finer things in life. Wouldn’t you like to not have to worry about having money to pay bills? Wouldn’t it be nice to know that you have the money already set aside to pay for your kids and grandkids education? If you are already at that point, this newsletter is not for you.
This message is for those of us who realize it is what it is, but we are going to do better. I don’t t know about you, but I want to be able to shop where I want to shop; live where I want to live; drive what I want to drive; and vacation when and wherever I please. If that is not the way you want it, God bless you! I am just foolish enough to believe that all of us would love to have life like that.
One of the first things that you and I must do is acknowledge where we are. Because the truth of the matter is that it is what it is. It is what it is simply acknowledging the reality of where you and I are in our lives. Acknowledgment is also the first step in change. So, if you are not happy with where you are, it is up to you to change it.
One of the hardest things in life to do is leave your comfort zone. Many of us are where we are in life because it is comfortable. If you want to reach your place of destiny, you have to leave your area of comfort. There are many people who go to jobs everyday that they dislike. If that is you, then that is a sign that you need to leave your comfort zone. There are others of you who are in relationships that you are totally unhappy with, but are afraid to leave. You have to get to a point in your life where you acknowledge that you are the only change agent that you have. There is no one who is responsible for making your life better but you.
The next thing that you and I need to do is map out a plan for our lives. Where are you really trying to go? What do you really want to do with your life? If you can’t answer these questions, take some me time and figure it out. You have to be able to write the vision and make it plain.
You would be surprised at the number of GROWN folk who don’t have a clue about this thing called life. Do you really believe that you were put in the earth to make someone else’s dream come true without allowing your own dream to come true? Don’t get me wrong, I do believe that some of us were put here to help someone else reach their destination, but ultimately you should be living your dream as well. Take the time to map out a plan for your life and how you are going to get there.
The last things we need to do are work the plan and expect obstacles along the way. There will never be an easy route to your destiny. It is imperative that you get this in your minds early. If you expect it to be easy, think again. Just as the children of Israel had to face obstacles along the way, we will have to do the same. You can’t be bothered when things don’t go your way, but you will have to persevere in spite of the roadblocks.
Remember, acknowledge where you are; map out a plan for your life; and then work the plan and expect obstacles along the way. If you and I do these things, things will change! Remember, it is what it is! Be blessed, but most of all be a blessing!
Rev. Knighton is a member and the administrative pastor of Greater 2nd Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church in Albany and pastor of St. James Baptist Church in Baconton.