It’s Friday, Friday…
I won’t go any further. Wouldn’t want to get a certain song stuck in your head. =)
But it’s Friday.
For me, that means the end of the week.
It’s been a long week.
I’ve put in a lot of work.
I haven’t gotten enough rest and can’t wait for the weekend so I can catch up on sleep.
I can almost taste the finish line right now.
But I need to remember that I’m not done yet.
I still need to do my job today.
People are depending on me to do what I’m supposed to do.
My goal today is to finish well.
Maybe you’re at a Friday moment in your life. You sense that this chapter in your life is about to close, and you’re looking forward to what’s coming ahead.
In that moment, it’s easy to start slacking off a bit.
This time still matters. Someone might be depending on you. You are still building your character and reputation.
So give it your all. Don’t hold back or quit just yet.
"If YOU don’t care, WHO will care? What you care about is framing your future and the future of others. It matters!" —Brian Houston
If you cared enough to start something, see it through to the end. Don’t quit.
And don’t just barely make it to the end.
Give your 100% until the job is finished.
Show that you care.
If you feel yourself losing your mojo, stir yourself up.
Remember why you started.
Remember your goal.
How much you care can affect your own future.
It can affect someone else’s future.
In other words, someone needs you to care.
We need your passion.
Please don’t let it die.
He knows what you want. He knows what you need.
And He knows the difference between the two.
He knows you, inside and out. There’s not a thought you can think that He doesn’t know about. The great ideas and plans that you have are not news to Him. He has felt the pain and hurt you’ve endured.
When you’re flying high and full of hope, He hears your dreams and aspirations.
When you’re down and full of despair, He hears your cries and disappointments.
You can trust Him to take care of you.
Sometimes we get upset with God because things didn’t turn out the way we planned…
But just because things don’t turn out the way you planned doesn’t mean that everything isn’t being worked out for your good.
Nope. God is thinking on a much higher plane than we are. He can see far beyond what we can.
He’s big. Powerful.
He’s in a class of His own. He’s not held to human standards.
No one can tie Him down. He can do whatever He wants.
And He chooses to love you.
He’s got you in His hands.
And you can trust Him…
Because no matter what wishes, dreams, and hopes you have…
God is able to do so much more that we could ever imagine or think up ourselves.
So don’t worry about tomorrow. Don’t be afraid of what’s coming up next. Don’t be angry if things don’t always go the way you wanted.
God just might have something better in mind for you.
You can take heart.
He’s working everything for your good.
"Everything comes at a price… Our hope is that what we gain is greater than what we must sacrifice." —@SarahDHenson
You may feel like you’re sacrificing your talent, time, money, and happiness right now.
It may seems like things aren’t going your way, and it’s not your fault.
You may be thinking that you shouldn’t have to put up with this. People should appreciate you more.
You know you don’t have to be here. You have the talent and skills to succeed if you had the right conditions.
You wish you didn’t have to be here…
But for now, you are.
Remember that you’re here for a reason.
Maybe you’re sacrificing to set yourself up for something better later.
Maybe you’re sacrificing to help someone else.
Maybe you or someone else stands to gain something because of your sacrifice now.
Even though the current circumstances may be difficult, they don’t have to be miserable.
Not if you focus on the future.
Not if you hold on to hope.
Not if you choose joy.
Greater things may lie ahead because of your present circumstances.
You don’t have to go looking for trouble…
But if it comes, what was meant for evil, God can turn it around for good.
So look for the good.
There may be a purpose in your pain.
You can discover your destiny in your difficulties.
And sacrifice now can lead to success later.
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.