Monday, September 19, 2011

The Courage to Fly - Part 4 "Expect Success"

'Bird of prey... flying high (flying in the sky)' photo (c) 2008, Torley - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

“Blessed is the one
who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
or sit in the company of mockers,
but whose delight is in the law of the LORD,
and who meditates on his law day and night.
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
whatever they do prospers.”

(Psalm 1:1-3) NIV

According to dictionary.com: success [suhk-ses] the favorable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors.

I couldn’t agree more with the definition above. Likewise, I’ve come to define true “success” as that moment when we’ve achieved the ability to hand over our futile attempts and endeavors to Jesus – and leave them in his capable hands! When we reach that kind of intimacy, that kind of trust in our Creator, the rest just seems to fall away and have much less negative impact. Successfully turning over our needs and desires to Him definitely brings about a peace that transcends ALL human understanding, and we become that person who is “like a tree planted by streams of water…” Many times, however, the fruit we yield surprises even us!

Whatever form of “success” you’re striving for today, don’t set yourself up for disaster by not believing in your full potential – or in God’s.

Don’t limit what God can do in you!

Your Creator designed you with your particular dream in mind, and He has already equipped you for the task. You possess the talents and gifts He wanted you to have – but if you listen to negative thoughts or think pursuing your dreams and passions is out of reach, then it will be. It all starts with a child-of-God attitude. Remember who you are in Christ. Again, as I mentioned in Part 2 of this series:

Pray from a heart of victory; not a spirit of defeat!

Have you considered what life would be like today if certain pivotal people in history hadn’t listened to the call of their heart and suffered through trial and error as they journeyed toward their dreams? Perhaps, we’d be left without electricity. We wouldn’t have musical scores written from renowned composers like Mozart, Beethoven and Chopin. We’d be without the humor of Erma Bombeck and Charles Schultz, and “Harry Potter” would be just another name.

When we consider His immeasurable love for us and His perfect fitting of dreams and goals to our unique qualities, we should expect nothing BUT a successful outcome. The journey toward them may be difficult, but enjoy the journeyit’s yours! Own it! It’s you and the Lord working together, and there’s something to glean from every step in the process. As you strive to witness the change in your circumstances, you’ll soon notice that the transformation takes place within you as you learn to trust completely in His plan, His timing, His faithfulness, for that is when you’ve truly reached success!

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”

(Philippians 4:4-9) NIV

6 comments:

  1. Another excellent post my dear! I have Philippians 4:8 posted on the wall in front of my face at work. I love it! Keep up the good work.

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  2. Limiting what God can do in and through us is such a bad mistake. One I have made all too often. Throughout history God has chosen to use his people, why would I think he would stop now? Lovely words Debbie! I hope you are doing well...wish we could meet at (one of) the Starbucks at McCarran right now:)))

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  3. Debbie, your words bless me! Thank you for this post, and this series. You've given me a gift today that is beyond measure. Bright blessings, Shanyn (Strawberry Roan)

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  4. Hi Debbie; I stopped by your blog this morning and I am so glad I did! :)

    This is a lovely post; it reminds me that we shouldn't ever wait for someone else's approval; we must be unique and do what God wired us to do! And when we do our very best, we'll feel good about the results. :) God has a calling on our lives and we are responsible for fulfilling that call. We don't need anyone's approval or reassurance to do what God calls us to do. We are His chosen individuals with a whole lot of distinctive gifts and talents that He wants us to share and use for His benefit and on behalf of Him.

    Blessings and love!
    Denise

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  5. Divine timing as always. Yes, focusing on the gift and the fact that HE put it there and He'll utilize it. I love this series Debbie, even if I've been hit or miss due to the move. So much encouragement :)

    Blessings,
    Mel
    Please feel free to stop by: Trailing After God

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  6. Hello, Debbie! Your blog has been selected for the Liebster Award, an award given to smaller blogs that deserve a bigger following! (See the details in my latest post: http://www.karin-kaufman.blogspot.com.)

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