|Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Today is when your life is happening. Now is when life’s opportunities are yours.
Within you is a dream, a longing, a purpose, a desire to experience life’s richness in your own unique way. Surrounding you is a universe filled with energy and abundance, and possibilities.
Now is when you have the opportunity to connect your most treasured dreams with that abundance, and to bring them to life. Focused, purposeful, inspired action is how you can most effectively do so.
On this day, in this moment, the possibilities are more than just intellectual curiosities. Right now, the possibilities are real.
Today you can choose, you can take action, you can make a difference and you can make real, satisfying, lasting progress. Today you have the priceless opportunity to live your life as you envision it.
The best life you can imagine is today within your grasp. So go beyond mere imagining, and live each moment in the direction of the very best you know life can be.
— Ralph Marston
The words above are one of those “right on time” posts. An email sent to me from a friend. Although I was included as part of her daily mass email, receiving this one is like sitting in church with a thousand other people but feeling like the preacher is speaking directly to you. This goes beyond assumed fortune cookie type coincidence, not that I believe that anything is by happenstance or coincidence but this truly spoke to me.
Recently being bombarded with feelings of inadequacies and doubts I have come to the realization (again perhaps…) that I have a terrible habit of limiting myself in an attempt to avoid disappointment. I’m certain that I’m not alone in my feelings but I don’t want anyone to live according to the limitations of doubt and fear. In order to truly experience the full manifestation of the promises of God, we have to overcome our uncertainties.
Our confidence in God comes when we truly seek to live according to His will for our lives. Today, I choose…faith.
“For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more.” Luke 12:48
Society has made us a want it “NOW” type of people. We don’t want to work for nothin’, wait for nothin’. We want what we want NOW. This goes beyond us being a “microwave society”.
Even farmers, in an attempt to speed up/increase harvest/meat production, have been known to add steroids to animals & additives to crops…in turn, our food is not as healthy because of all the additives! I’d much rather have a healthy harvest than artificial abundance!
Not to mention children who are overgrown (physically) yet not matured, in turn, creating immature adults!
We can apply the same principles to our spiritual lives. We often plant seeds expecting an immediate return on what we’ve sown. When we don’t see the expected harvest when WE think we should see it, we become discouraged and neglect what we’ve planted, allowing it to die…or worse, we try to make things happen on our own, showing the immaturity of our spiritual walk by not allowing the process of sowing, (including nurturing) and harvest run it’s full course.
“It will all come to pass when God requires it…in the meanwhile, plant your seeds and water accordingly with praise!”
But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain. 8 You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.