Progress Not Perfection {Don’t Give Up}

God listens, give up, despairWhat you own, where you work, what you wear, where you live – these things do not define who you are. The culture we live in will try to convince you that you must survive life successfully in a certain way. Some who are believers in God will even try to tell you that you cannot become what your heart desires because of your gender, race, age, or income. This is man’s law and has nothing to do with God’s definition of who you are or of what you are capable. The Father has never expected perfection from you. He knows life is messy, but desires progress for you in becoming the amazing person He created.

What is the dream in your heart that won’t keep quiet? You were created to do that – imperfectly! There is no limit with God in who he chooses, calls, and equips for certain tasks. Your future is guaranteed by His Spirit, not dependent on what characterizes your physical life. You were created by God to submit to His leadership of love and to walk in a trusting relationship with Him. He wants you to enjoy your spiritual inheritance as a child of the King, and walk in the destiny He has planned for you. He knows life isn’t easy, so He is always with you to strengthen and encourage your heart.

When the Father sent an angel to tell Mary that she would conceive and give birth to the Messiah, the response of her heart was excellent: “May everything you’ve said about me come true.” She was just a young girl, about 14, willing to say yes and walk out her destiny. The angel responded to her, “For nothing is impossible with God.” (Luke 1:37)

Let the false self with all its efforts of perfection and self-protection fall away and allow the real you God created to shine. Some are afraid of letting too much of themselves show even to God, but not you. You are receiving more of who you are and you are coming to know that if He loves you so much, that He will be the safest place for the revealing of who you were created to be.

“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord.

‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'”

Jeremiah 29:11 NLT

Who you are is defined by the realization of God’s unconditional love that goes down deep into your heart, renewing the mind, and healing the soul. The result is a deep peace inside that comforts, encourage, and propels you forward!

“Who knows but that you were positioned here for such a time as this?”

Ester 4:14

Loads of love & grace….

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From the desk by the window where a slow, gentle, healing rain is falling outside, soaking into dry ground. 

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(c) Robin L. Lewis, Sozo Life & Leadership, LLC, July 25, 2016

Are You Choosing Easy? (Be a Hero}

Yesterday someone said to me that what she felt called to do felt really outside her comfort zone. I replied that one’s comfort zones is like a prison cell with the door open. You like staying inside and looking out through the bars, even though you can walk out any time you choose.
So why do we choose easy and comfortable? Because it feels safer,  we resist change, we avoid challenge, and we live in a culture of an easy chair.

Don’t Choose Easy

If you’re reading this piece, you’ve grown up in an era where entitlement has been a strong influence. It’s almost like there’s been an invisible banner plane that flying daily over your home and your town, and the banner reads, “You deserve to have what you want!”
This is a growth stopper, a halt to progress, a killer of dreams, and all that is possible. Believing that you deserve to have what you want causes you to become inward focused, willing to settle for less, that results in a lack of caring about other people and determines whether or not you leave a positive footprint of your life in the world.
Donald Miller, author of Blue Like Jazz, wrote another book he called A Million Miles in a Thousand Years in which he challenges the reader to not settle for a comfortable life, but choose to live a better story because all our stories matter. He says if you live your life like a story, make it a good and challenging one where you accomplish meaningful things, so that no one shrugs their shoulders when the credits roll.
“Every life is a story. Whether it is a story worth telling and talking about, though, is up to you. People set out with grand dreams of changing the world, falling in love, doing something amazing. But the drift toward the merely acceptable happens almost without notice. That does not have to be your story.”
The “Keep Calm” signs are trending. Have you seen them?
I like the following one better because I believe we were created to live amazing lives that challenge and stretch us while deepening our dependence on God. We were created to be life givers, problem solvers, and even misfits!
Yes, this one is my favorite.
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In Blessing Your Soul, Arthur Burk writes, “The Wright Brothers, Thomas Edison, and Henry Ford were all derided as fools. Dial up the craving to express what is in you so that it is more dominant than the natural drives for self preservation and community approval. Don’t fit the culture and live small inside. Be a misfit and unpack the treasure within you!”

Don’t let your dreams be stolen by the easy life. Be your own hero.

Looking for a hero to cheer on? Learn to be your own hero, a person whose choices, decisions, and dreams won’t fit in the easy chair. Every great choice you make increases your self respect and builds your faith to try for more!
  • What have you not tried because you have become willing to settle for less?
  • What have you closed the door on because of fear?
  • What will people talk about at your funeral?
  • How is your life designed to impact the lives of others?
  • And even more, what seemingly impossible dream did God design you to achieve that will make a positive difference in the world, that if you don’t do it, it will never happen, and your life will miss its potential?

There. That thing. That’s the one.

Be your own hero and bring the hero out in others. That’s the definition of a leader who leaves a positive ripple effect everywhere they step.

Don’t choose easy. Choose the hard, the challenging, all the while remembering if you were created to do it, then all of Heaven is backing you up.
For nothing is impossible with God. (Luke 1:37)
Let me know if you’d like to talk out your dream with me. It would be an honor to encourage you in the living of your story!
Loads of Grace for the Journey,
Robin
From the desk by the window dreaming of what is possible on a sunny day.
copyright-symbol Sozo Life & Leadership, LLC, March 2, 2015
Sources:

A Million Miles in a Thousand Years byDonald Miller, (c) 2009, Thomas Nelson Publishers and Blessing Your Soul by Arthur Burk, (c) 2014, Sapphire Leadership Group.

How to Keep Your Life from Looking Like Bad Wallpaper

tacky wallpaper repeating thoughts  

I was pondering this morning about things I’d said in a speech earlier this week, about the identity and value of women, and the meaning of our lives.  I encouraged them in doing some self-examination in their belief systems.  {We all need to regularly take a voluntary dose of “Father God, please show me where I am believing something that is not true.”}

I thought of how our patterns of thought don’t just change, that we have to allow God’s revealing searchlight to expose problems, and then we have to do the work, take the action step, of replacing faulty beliefs with what He says is true, with what agrees with His Word.  It’s like learning anything else.  When I learned multiplication tables as a child, I rehearsed them over and over.  What I learned was true: 7 x 7 is still 49.  Some other things I learned growing up weren’t so true: “Always be obedient and good so that God and others will love you,” and “Others always need you to help them feel better.”  I had to unlearn those things and some others and relearn what was true for my life.

This led me to thinking about wallpaper.  My family built a home in the late 1980’s and certain wallpaper patterns were popular.  I learned that the pattern description would tell you how often it repeated on the wall – every 6 inches or 12 inches or whatever.

woman thinkingOur thoughts are like that.  We will always live out what we truly believe and the thoughts we hold in mind become real to us, part of our experiences.  These are the things that are guiding our lives, for our belief system tells us how to think, and our thoughts determine our actions and behavior, and that in turn, gives us the life results we experience — and all “for better or for worse.”  The problem with the things that are not true, is that left unchecked, they just keep repeating…like that wallpaper in the kitchen.

Romans 12:2 says, “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”

If you are unhappy with the results you have in different areas of your life, maybe you need to pull down that repeating wallpaper of wrong thoughts, and choose a new and bright paint color and cut a hole for a window.  Let in some sunshine, color, and fresh air and choose to think higher.  Higher about yourself, about God, about others – about your life!  We can either allow the world’s influencers to define us, or we can choose to be defined by God.  And I have found that when true thoughts are on repeat, I love my life and others so much more, and I’m more able to let God and others love me back.  I am more able to live a life of believing that with God all things are possible.

What thoughts have been on repeat in your head?

Truth is very freeing when it becomes part of us, and when it does, we become what God says we already are – who He designed us to be, living out a world-changing life.

“With God all things are possible!”  (Luke 1:37)

Grace & Peace,

Robin

(c) Sozo Life & Leadership, LLC