OUR BIGGEST BARRIER TO SUCCESS IS NOT LACK OF RESOURCES BUT LACK OF BELIEF. – UNKNOWN
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As the year 2013 is running out – we’ve got just twenty more days, approximately 480 hours or 28800 minutes – the words of Chinese sage Confucius bears relevance. He said: “FORGET INJURIES, NEVER FORGET KINDNESSES.”
I think this is great advice as we reflect on how the year has been and make preparations for the coming year. It is my prayer for you that you will not only finish this year well, you’ll finish it strong! YOU WILL SUCCEED!
Today I want to encourage us to receive God’s mercy and move forward in our lives despite our past mistakes and failures. There is a story of three men carrying two sacks each. A passerby asked the first man what was in the sacks.
“The sack on my back is filled with all the good things that have happened to me,” he said. “The sack in the front is filled with all the bad.”
He was constantly focused on the bad things in front of him that he couldn’t even see the good on his back.
The stranger asked the second man the same question but received the opposite response.
“The sack in the back is filled with the bad things,” he said. “The sack in the front is filled with the good things.”
At the least he could see the good and not focus on the negative. But both of the sacks being so full still weighed him down and made life a burden.
Finally, the stranger asked the third man the selfsame question.
“The sack on my chest is filled with my accomplishments and victories,” he said. “The sack on my back is empty.”
“Why is it empty?” the stranger asked.
“I put all my mistakes, failures, guilt, and shame in that sack, and I cut a hole in the bottom to release them,” he said. “That way, I’m weighted in the front more than the back so I keep moving forward. In fact, the empty sack in the back acts like a sail in the wind, moving me ahead.”
We should all emulate the third man. We should let go of the bad, hang on to the good, and keep moving forward towards our God-given destiny. You will succeed!
Permit me to step aside and let this piece speak to you. Be blessed!
“When God has spoken and what He has promised has not come to pass, that is the guarantee that you are not dying yet. A promise from God will keep you alive until it is fulfilled. Do not worry that it is taking time; He is giving you a longer time to be around. Do not allow what is going on in the environment to run the Word of God out of your heart. Deprivation is making some of us desperate. We think that if it does not happen now, it is not God.
God does not measure time the way we measure it. A wise one said several years ago; “God created man, man created the clock. Man is now using the clock to time God.” Can you hold on to a promise from God for forty-five straight years like Joshua and Caleb did? If Jesus tarries, forty-five years from now, some of us will still be around and the circumstances of our lives will be proof of the fulfillment of God’s Word….Everything that God has said about your life is coming to pass.”
This is from one of the books I read lately, Success Guaranteed by the Blood Covenant by Sam Adeyemi.
Hold on to your promise, dear friend. I believe in your destiny. Whatever God has said about your life is coming to pass!
A CHEERFUL DISPOSITION IS GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH; GLOOM AND DOOM LEAVE YOU BONE-TIRED. (Proverbs 17:22 The Message)