“It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop” – Confucius
The enemy waits and listens for your desperation. When you are at the end of your rope and can no longer see or feel what hope looks like, the enemy of your soul pounces on your confidence, shreds your dreams, and casts a dark shadow of doubt over your life.
The enemy does not want you to be successful. It delights in breaking you down to the point you surrender and exclaim things like, “What was I thinking, I can’t do something like that,” or “There is no way I will ever be able to [fill in the blank].”
When you give up, you give in to the temptation to quit, to surrender, to just stop trying.
There are many reasons why you may choose to give up. You either run out of time, money or energy. Or, you just can’t quite see the results of your efforts.
However, when the urge to quit is at its strongest, this is when success is just a very short distance away.
You can be and do anything you choose in life
The enemy turns up the heat and fuels your irritation with cynicism. The enemy, you see, is that self-limiting tape that plays in your head and tells you that you are not are enough, or you are not worthy to have the things you want and deserve.
You feed the enemy when you listen to the tape and refuse to stop it. Maybe it’s just that you don’t know how, or think you are not allowed to play a new tape in your head.
You are allowed.
No matter what you were told or learned as a child, you can be and do anything you choose in life. If you want it bad enough, you will achieve your goals and dreams.
How badly do you want it?
One question though: “How badly do you really want it?”
Do you want it so badly you are willing to make adjustments in your life that may be uncomfortable or inconvenient?
Are you willing to get up earlier or go to bad later in order to work on your dream?
Are you willing to work a second job in order to pay for the education you need to accomplish your goals?
Are you willing to keep rolling that rock up the hill, day after day, until your hands are covered with blisters and your back is screaming in agony, but you know one day you will indeed make it up that hill?
Are you willing to walk through the fear that surrounds your comfort zone and into the growth that lives on the other side?
You can defeat the enemy. You are stronger and smarter. The day you decide to give up on whatever it is you are working so hard to accomplish, will be the day before you achieve it , but you would never know it. The enemy of your soul will win – game over.
You are worthy
Instead, pick yourself up.
Think about how good it will feel when you cross the finishing line. Think not only about how good it will feel to finally accomplish your goal, but think about how good you are going to feel about yourself for finishing.
When you feel like giving up, this is the time to reach down deep into your soul. Shut off the tape that plays the lie you can’t do it. Replace it with a new tape that states the truth – you are a worthy person and the enemy of your soul has been defeated.
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Today’s Sunday Inspiration: The way for your relationship to grow and experience a love bigger than you and your partner could ever imagine is by doing something small – everyday. These small acts create a love bigger than the most difficult challenge.
“It’s the little things that keep us together. Those little things will make me love you forever.” – Sonia Schaad
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“The truth is you don’t know what is going to happen tomorrow. Life is a crazy ride, and nothing is guaranteed.” – Eminem
“I’ll never be a non-stumbler. I’ll be a forgiven stumbler, but never a non-stumbler.” – tobyMac
This post has been updated with the answers to the Who said it: Eminem or tobyMac? quiz. The answers appear below each question. – Alex
I love music. All types of music. My car’s preset radio stations feature two Top 40, one adult contemporary, and two contemporary Christian music stations.
On a recent commute, I was pushing numbers trying to find a good song. My fingers stopped on two songs: Eminem’s Monster and then tobyMac’s Burn for You.
After listening to the songs back-to-back, the similarities between the two artists struck me. Over the years, I’ve downloaded several songs from Eminem and tobyMac. The well-written lyrics and powerful beats inspire me.
When I hear their music I hear passion. Both men share their past; their fears, their joys and their hopes in a way that resonates from me.
tobyMac is a Christian hip hop and pop performer while Eminem is a mainstream hip hop musician. They may appeal to different audiences, but they’ve found an audience of one in me.
Even though I don’t know them personally, I still get them – I understand them.
Who Said It?
As a way to share their music with you, and to challenge the stereotypes some folks may have of either artists, or the genres their represent, here’s a fun quiz.
Listed below are nine questions. Read the lyrics for each question and then in Comments below, let me know which artist wrote them.
You may answer all nine questions, or just answer one – it doesn’t matter. I will provide the correct answers on Saturday, May 30 by 8 a.m. Central (US). Look for an updated post then.
“Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
Every one of us has a desire to create something.
You may want to write a novel, paint beautiful masterpieces or act in a play. No matter what your creative interests are, it’s important you work on letting them out.
Many people let their creative side be sidelined and they push it down; ignoring it all together. The reasons for it being ignored vary from being too busy or afraid to show the world what you have created after receiving negative feedback. Don’t let your creativity sit on the back burner any longer.
When your creativity hits a wall, try one of these 10 ways to reignite your creative spark.
1. Be okay with making mistakes. Mistakes teach you things and you will be better for it.
2. Set aside some time for your creating every week. Block out an hour a week or more if you need it.
3. Don’t get so hung up on picking out all of the bad or imperfect parts of your creations. Look for the good and remind yourself you are a work in progress.
4. Create when you are fresh, first thing in the morning. This is when you are at your best and most alert.
5. Don’t be afraid to try something new. Take risks and experiment with techniques and ideas. Let your creativity flow.
6. Put on some motivational music to inspire you. If you are creating music, listen to some of your favorite songs and let the music wash over you and inspire you to create your own.
7. Get some exercise. A quick walk around the block or even some vigorous house cleaning can help get rid of writer’s block and allow your creativity to flow.
8. Don’t think about what you are doing. Just let it flow from your fingertips. Over thinking will always hold back your creativity.
9. Bounce your ideas off of a trusted friend. A little feedback and collaboration can help spark your inner muse and get you on the path to creating.
10. Don’t ever give up or get discouraged. Finish what you started, whether it is a masterpiece or not. Finishing is more satisfying and will give you the courage to start again.
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