Lately, I have been struggling to get up at my usual time in the morning. My usual time is not actually when I have to get up but when I am choosing to get up to do the things I felt were important; things I feel are important to do before I start my day. The talk that I put myself through is ridiculous when I look back at it but at the time, it is very convincing.
Why is it then that the things I say to myself, while agonizing about getting up, actually exist at all. When I take the time to think about it, I see that they really have no merit or foundation. So, why am I getting up so early?
The brand of a man has discipline and humility. My effort to get up is solely based on knowing that I, myself, do not have all the answers to best run my life. My rising up early is to find direction and focus so that each day has that, not just wandering. I deserve it. My family deserves it. My workplace deserves it. Actually everyone I come in contact with, deserves it. It is important and the discipline to carry it out is an attribute that I wish to develop.
Zig Ziglar once said that on the average, a person will have a lifelong effect on 3-4 people per week. That means that of all I do, 3-4 people per week may have their direction in life altered because of some actions that I may take. How am I altering the lives of others?
Have you ever had the crazy thought that possibly you are the only real human on the planet and everything else is just controlled? You know, like the Truman Show, except on a grander scale where everything else is not real just put there to see how you will react?
I was reading in Jonah this morning and I get the notion that Jonah was feeling that way but more towards just being selfish. In chapter 4, he was so disgusted with life that when the shade protecting him went away and he was exposed to the sun, he told God to just kill him and get it over with because the situation at Ninevah was just hopeless. He had already been through the fish portion of the program and had some small success with converting a few but the actual enormity of the situation had taken him over and he was done.
God, in no uncertain terms, then scolded Jonah and told him that he could not really see past the nose on his own face.
That is where we are at times…thinking that the whole world is full of His glory and its purpose is just for us. Purpose, in life, is not about just me.
Something happened yesterday that has literally consumed my thoughts ever since it happened. Everything I do, somehow, the event keeps coming back to mind. The event was that someone who I assumed respected me, criticized me personally concerning things that I thought I had no problem with. So should I feed it and talk about it more? Some would say that I need to talk it out but with whom?…and does that add fuel to an unworthy fire or does it just “get it out of my system”???
I feel robbed of my focus…
Take my own advice. I can choose. I have had some of the same thoughts. I can choose.
Phillipians 4 11 Not that I am implying that I was in any personal want, for I have learned how to be content (satisfied to the point where I am not disturbed or disquieted) in whatever state I am. 12I know how to be abased and live humbly in straitened circumstances, and I know also how to enjoy plenty and live in abundance. I have learned in any and all circumstances the secret of facing every situation, whether well-fed or going hungry, having a sufficiency and enough to spare or going without and being in want. 13I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency].
Choose to have strength for all things in Christ who empowers or infuses inner strength into you.
Zig Ziglar talked about goals quite often. He once said that a blindfolded man cannot hit a target and great men didn’t get where they are by wandering around and letting it happen to them. What is the best way for you to make realistic, incremental goals and stay headed towards them? Making goals should be something taught to everyone, but through all of the initiative that is made towards educating the public, there always will be a large majority that will not listen and learn. In the past, I was one of those. So why do I choose this direction now? Is it age, maturity, events in life, hormones, etc? Maybe a combination.
There are some things that I missed not having a dad in the house but still if he would have been there, some things would have been missing still. My father took initiative to get things done hastily many times and it seemed that he did so without thought. The truth was that he had thought it out thoroughly but not communicated his intentions well or even at all. His endeavours were usually met with limitations because of his inability to trust beyond his own efforts and thoughts.
Communication and goals go hand in hand. Goals serve to communicate your intentions to your immediate world. They will always be naysayers and critics and, for the most part, that may be all that they ever become. You are no better than them. You have had some of the same thoughts. You can choose. Let that ring through your day today. You can choose.