Hello, my friend.
Just wanted to encourage you a bit today…
Because I think you’re fantabulous.
And you’re full of awesome sauce.
You are unique.
There is no one created with the same set of gifts, influence, and opportunities as you.
Your uniqueness makes you valuable and needed.
Your best days are not behind you.
Your future is bright.
With God’s help, you can do anything…
And He’s not planning to abandon you now.
Don’t forget it.
Live like it.
You can do it!
Put a smile on your face!
And as you keep moving forward…
Don’t forget to encourage someone else along the way.
You can make a decision, but sometimes a decision isn’t enough. There’s always the option of changing your mind.
There are some things where you can’t just simply decide.
You have to resolve.
I resolve to give my best in my job.
How I work is a reflection of the One who provided the job for me in the first place.
I resolve to give my all to my family.
How I love is a reflection of the One who loved me in the first place.
Other than God, my family is my priority, my responsibility, and my investment. I will not let them fall away.
I resolve to live well.
How I live is a reflection of the One who died so I could have life and have it to the full.
I want to be there for my family and friends in the future. I want to live with no regrets.
I resolve to fight when thoughts come into my head that go completely against what God says about me.
There is an enemy out there that wants to take me out.
Those thoughts may seem like nothing at first, but they are weapons that threaten to take me down.
I won’t have it.
I’ll fight back by speaking the truth of God’s Word.
Sometimes you have to dig your heels in and refuse to budge.
You have to choose to fight for your choice, no matter what the opposition.
And there will be opposition…
But some things are worth fighting for.
Fight for it.
Don’t give in.
It is finished.
The work that was required to save you is done.
The price for your freedom has been paid.
The chains of sin, sickness, poverty, and death have been broken.
It is finished.
No longer should you feel guilty and condemned.
No longer should you live in despair.
No longer should you be without hope.
It is finished.
Joy can be yours.
Peace can be yours.
Grace and mercy can be yours.
It is finished.
Jesus went through pain, suffering, rejection, humiliation, betrayal, slander, false accusations, and separation from the One He loved most.
But He endured to the end…because He had faith in the finished plan.
He knew what His sacrifice would mean for us. We were the joy that was set before Him.
He trusted His Father’s plan. He knew that His Father would make everything work out.
It hurt…but He endured.
And because He endured…
So can you.
"Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!" Hebrews 12:2-3 (The Message)
It may feel like a Good Friday in your life right now, but take heart. Sunday is on the way.
You may not be able to see it now, but you are victorious. Triumphant. An overcomer.
So press on. Persevere. Keep moving forward.
Not because everything is going perfectly right now…
And not because you know how everything is going to play out…
But because you know that He will make all things work together for your good.
Someone has taken care of you.
Your future is secure.
It is finished.
The people around you may be trying to bring you down.
“Never allow people who suck to suck the joy out of your day.” —Karen Salmansohn
Your circumstances may be weighing you down.
"You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have charge of." —Jim Rohn
If you’re down, get yourself up again.
Give yourself a pep talk.
To rejoice in a storm can feel difficult…
But that’s how you fight.
You’re not done yet.
You’re still needed.
You still have something to offer.
You can make it.
You’re not alone.
Your life is still filled with good. Just look for it.
The evil that has been done to you will be turned around for good. Don’t worry about it.
Keep moving forward.
You still need to walk in your destiny and calling.
You still need to do good.
And in due season, your reward will come.
So take heart! Choose joy!
Your game’s not over.
You can do it.
"I don’t need ‘easy’; I just need ‘possible.’" —Annasophia Robb as Bethany Hamilton in Soul Surfer
Greatness doesn’t come from “easy.”
"Easy" is not a prerequisite for achieving your goals.
The desire for easy is an enemy of greatness.
An enemy of triumph.
An enemy of destiny.
You are a game changer, an earth shaker, and a history maker…
And you are meant to change your world.
Complacency never accomplished anything…
And you should be making a difference.
So don’t buy into the lie of “easy.”
Don’t shy away from risk just because it seems too hard.
Don’t be afraid to fight when all seems lost.
Your achievement is not determined by the ease of your circumstances.
It’s determined by your drive.
It’s determined by your willpower.
It’s determined by your perseverance.
So don’t quit. Keep running your race.
And as you go, make sure you’re running the right course.
Don’t run after “easy.”
Chase after possibilities.
You should invest in other people.
You should show them love and share your wisdom.
You should do what you can to help them, teach them, and encourage them.
But in the end…
You can’t make decisions for other people.
You can’t force them to listen to reason.
You can’t make them do the right thing.
It’s not your fault if they continue on the path they have chosen. They have free will.
That means you can stop feeling guilty if they don’t choose wisely.
You can stop feeling inadequate.
You aren’t God.
There comes a time when you need to let go.
But letting go doesn’t mean giving up.
Sometimes the best thing you can do for other people is to pray for them.
So keep praying. Keep loving. Don’t give up hope.
And maybe, in due season, you’ll see the turnaround come around.
People who have your back, no matter what…
Because they love you.
Family isn’t limited to blood relations.
You can choose to be family.
God chose you to be part of His family.
"But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God…" John 1:12 (ESV)
You’re a King’s kid. If you believe in Jesus, you belong to God.
So don’t worry about anything.
God loves you.
He’s got your back, no matter what…
Because you’re family.
Do you ever wish you had more power to change things?
Well, you do…
With your words.
There’s a proverb that says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue…”
You can change the world around you with your words.
Life gets worse with things like gossip, complaining, angry words, and pointless criticism. These things just hurt others and make you look jealous or ungrateful.
But when you use your words to encourage someone…
To build someone up…
To say thank you…
You are changing the atmosphere around you for the better.
Who knows? Maybe your words are all someone needs to hear to get the confidence to do what they’re supposed to do.
Maybe your words will be the tipping point for the change you want to see.
Maybe your words will change someone’s destiny.
Maybe your words will change your own destiny.
Your words are a weapon of change…
But it’s up to you how you use it.
Is negativity surrounding you? Change it with your words.
Is fear threatening your outlook? Change it with your words.
Is hopelessness consuming the people around you? Change it with your words.
Change your atmosphere with words of joy, confidence, and hope.
Don’t let anything negative or harmful come out of you.
You carry death and life in your mouth.
You have the ability to influence the world with your words.
You are one powerful person.