There is not one person on the planet that does not have issues in life. There has always been “bumps” in the road that have served as obstacles that they have either overcame or succumbed to and failed. It is difficult to think on the broader scale and realize that our problems are no different than anyone else’s and that oftentimes someone else has even bigger issues than the one’s we’re currently dealing with.
Over the past few years I have “beat myself down” as to how I could go from making roughly $50,000 annually at the age of 21 (a long, long, time ago) to at one point hitting an all-time low of $5,600 in one year. A rate of $50,000 annually stretched out over 10 (and more) years I should definitely be making a comfortable six-figure salary but I’m not.
How did I survive off of a mere $5,600? One word…GOD!
How is it possible that my income has gone up and down like a yo-yo, and I still have not attained the level of success that I should have reached? Simple….not listening to God!
God has always opened doors for me, sometimes I walked through them, sometimes I let doubt steer me down another path. I’ve heard myself say how “humbled” I have become since my jet-setting days of rolling around in a brand new 5 series BMW without a care in the world…to losing basically all of my worldly possessions in a series of events that included a storage unit theft.
What I have realized is that although I have been humbled into not feeling as though I need certain materialistic things that I used to work 60+ hours a week towards attaining, I have not been humbled enough to realize that every opportunity that God presents to me I am supposed to take it- no matter how “beneath me” it appears. I have a lot to learn.
It doesn’t matter how much work or life experience you have, it doesn’t matter how many degrees you have earned…if God points you down a path…take it…the clay doesn’t ask the potter, “hey what are you doing to me?…what will I become?…where are you taking me once you’re done molding me?” The clay sits there as the wheel turns, and the potter’s hands methodically kneads and shapes it into a one-of-a-kind masterpiece.
You never know what God has planned for your future, how exactly He intends on molding you, or what riches he has in store for you! Why don’t you try finding out? Why don’t you listen to Him instead of reading your daily horoscope, tuning in to a psychic, having your cards read, or listening to a friend who is just as lost as you? Instead of thinking what you could lose by doing it God’s way, think about what more you can gain…then take that step!
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*Note: Above potter and clay image retrieved from www.biggergod.com/potter.html