“But I don’t want to go anymore!” Ever feel that way? You get up in the morning and you are faced with the same landscape, the same drab colors, the same feeling of, “here we go again.”
So it’s December 24th, The day before we celebrate the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ. You may feel like your year is ending on a not so spectacular note and you wish you didn’t have to face the same view. Nope, not even for one – more – day!
I want to give you a Christmas present. “The Lord our God spoke to us in Horeb, saying: ‘You have dwelt long enough at this mountain.” Deut. 1:6.
You’ve been here much too long, my friend. You were brought to this place for a time, not the rest of your life. Unfortunately, we can end up staying longer than we were meant to and the once beautiful surrounding becomes a too familiar desert.
No, it’s time for a change. “How,” you might ask?
That reminds me of a saying I heard a long time ago: How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time!
Leaving this familiar place may not be easy but it’s certainly possible. “But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”” Matt. 19:26. You see, you’re looking at this with your own eyes. Go to Papa and ask Him to give you His eyes, His vision for your future.
As short-sighted humans, we often end up living far longer than God ever intended in places that were only meant as a stopover. Then, enters the enemy who will jump at any opportunity to steal your vision for the future, by enticing you to agree with faulty thinking. The result? You end up believing a lie meant to steal your vision of your own exciting future with God.
God has been thinking about you for eons, long before you were conceived. If He loves you that much, that He would consider you and only you, do you really think His visions for your potential might be so benign, so lifeless? I don’t think so.
No, Papa God has something wonderful and full of life waiting for each and every one of us. It begins with a vision He is quite eager to share with you but you must do a little work to get hold of it. Enter the elephant! One…step…at…a…time.
How do you get there, how do you find the vision for your future? Here’s a few ideas.
- Pray. Ask Papa. Simple, but effective first step.
- Seek, and ask for, prophetic words. Write them down once obtained and keep them in your vision (I keep mine on 3×5 cards and carry in my wallet. How can a prophetic word become part of your soul unless you ponder it often?). Go to your pastor, trusted friends and mentors, conference speakers.
- Begin declaring out loud that which you know to be true, statements that line up with God’s Word.
- Consider traits you know about yourself. Most likely your giftings and talents have something to do with your future. God gave those gifts to you for reasons; explore them more fully.
Change. Not a user-friendly word. It often brings up thoughts we don’t like to think about. But, I promise you that if you’ll embrace change and begin – one step at a time – God will meet you there with His promises to give you a future and a hope.
Our God is a God of hope, of promises, of possibilities! The only restriction, after you invite Him into your life, is you! Go ahead, think BIG! I dare you. This mountain will never look the same again.
Turns out, there’s a rainbow on that mountain. God’s promises. His promises are full of life – for living! Off you go now. Don’t look back. The best is yet to come. Merry Christmas!