Feeling like you’ve got a target on your back?
Does it seem like certain people are trying to drag you down?
Maybe that means you’re in the right place doing the right thing.
"If people are trying to bring you down, it only means that you are above them." —Unknown (via keepyourheadheldhighsweetheart)
It’s all a matter of perspective.
Be careful, though. This doesn’t mean that you’re better than them in worth.
It just means that you’re choosing to make better decisions and taking the high road.
So don’t be prideful by thinking of yourself more highly than you ought to. Stay humble.
Don’t lower yourself to their level by retaliating or getting revenge.
Just keep your eyes on your course, your purpose, and your goals.
Most of all, keep your eyes on the One above who gave you your blessings and position in the first place.
Don’t look down. You’ll just let others get you down…
And you’re above that.
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and all that is within me,
bless his holy name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits,
who forgives all your iniquity,
who heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit,
who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
who satisfies you with good
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. —Psalm 103:1-5 (ESV)
God believes in benefits…
And He shares them with you.
He forgives you.
He heals you.
He redeems you.
He crowns and covers you with love and mercy that never fail.
He meets every one of your needs and desires with good.
So if you’re slowing down a bit…
If you’re getting weary…
If you’re feeling unable to fly…
Start to bless the Lord with all you’ve got.
Think about all that He has already done for you.
When you praise Him and start saying your thank yous…
You’re reminding yourself of who God is and what He has done.
And if He’s worked on your behalf in the past…
You can trust that He’s going to be there for you now.
God cares about what you’re going through. You’re the apple of His eye and the treasure of His heart. He’s got purposes and plans for you. He is for you and not against you. He will never leave you nor forsake you, and He will make all things work together for your good.
He’s a powerful God, and He loves you. Keep reminding yourself of that.
"The worst thing about dying is not living first." —@
"You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough." —Mae West (via quote-book)
Life gets busy.
Everyone and everything demands your attention.
There are deadlines, needs, and desires all clamoring to be met.
It’s easy to confuse the urgent and important.
And in the confusion…
You can miss out on what really matters.
As you go about your day today, remember…
You only get one shot at this gift called life.
Make it count.
Get your priorities straight. Remember what matters most.
Live your life right. Live it to the full.
Make sure that when you look back…
There will be no need for apologies.
You’ve worked hard.
You’ve done everything that you can do.
You’ve given it your all.
Now let it go. It’s done.
Whatever will be, will be.
Let the chips fall where they may.
It is what it is.
There’s nothing you can do about it now, so don’t torture yourself. All you can do is learn from it for the next time.
Don’t waste your time worrying about what you can’t control anymore.
In the end, you are not in control. There’s only One who has that power.
No, you never were in complete control in the first place…
And that’s a good thing.
So relax. Be proud of what you’ve accomplished.
Before it’s time to get ready for the next race, enjoy your time at the finish line.
You can put a smile on your face…
Because this one’s done.
You may not always be able to change your circumstances…
But you can change the center of your focus.
You can fix your eyes on the dark storm clouds…or you can fix your eyes on the bright flowers and green grass that will come as a result of the rain.
You can fix your eyes on the loss of family and friends after you move…or you can fix your eyes on the new opportunities you will gain when you are settled in your new place.
You can keep on thinking about the possible ways things have gone wrong…or you could celebrate the ways things have gone right.
Perspective is a powerful thing.
You should be aware of your surroundings…
But if you only focus on where you are standing right now, all you will see are your feet anchored to the ground.
And if you try to run forward while looking at your feet, you’re probably going to hurt yourself.
Instead, look beyond your current location.
Look beyond what you can see around you.
Hope is on the horizon…
And looking forward is better than looking down.
I am meant to be light…because the Light lives in me.
Light stands out.
Light makes everything—the good and the bad—visible.
Sometimes it hurts when a bright light comes on.
Sometimes it’s more comfortable to sit in the darkness.
And because we don’t want to feel pain or discomfort…
Or because we don’t want to offend anyone…
Sometimes we avoid letting our light shine.
Or maybe we burn strong in bright places and avoid the darkness for so long that by the time we finally get there…
We find our lights have burned out.
But a burned out candle looks like the darkness.
A hidden candle can’t be seen.
In the end, a candle that isn’t lit and visible just allows life to be dark.
But where there is light…
There is the ability to avoid disaster.
There is a chance for healing to take place.
There is the opportunity for hope to rise.
The world doesn’t need any more darkness.
People need to see good. People need to see hope.
People need to see light.
So don’t get weary. Don’t be afraid.
Head for the darkness…
And let your light shine.
What should I do? Where should I go? Who should I listen to?
Should I say yes? Should I say no? Should I even bother?
And there are many important ones that you’ll have to make throughout your lifetime.
Is there a way to make decisions easier?
Consider this advice:
"It’s always a mistake to decide what you want to do before deciding who you want to be." —Andy Stanley
If you don’t know who you want to be, the decisions you make may take you somewhere you don’t want to be.
So think about it.
What kind of person do you want to be?
What characteristics do you want people to use when describing you?
Make decisions that will lead you to become the person you want to be.
It’s easier to hit a target when you actually know what you’re aiming for. When you can see your goal, you can make adjustments as necessary in order to hit your target.
In light of that, the decisions you make about your present should be chosen based on your future.
In the end, it’s more about who you are than what you do.
And when you begin with that end in mind, it just might make the decision-making process a little easier.