“I want to be regular and basic” – said nobody ever!
Happy New Year everybody!
As we enter yet another a New Year, the challenge arises once again on how we will do things differently from the season we’ve just come out of. Last year my life’s mantra was all about the pursuit of reinvention.
“The action or process through which something is changed so much that it appears to be entirely new.”
Taking you to church a little bit, Ephesians 4:17-24 goes all the way in by stating:
“This I say therefore, and affirm together with the Lord, that you walk no longer just as the Gentiles also walk, in the futility of their mind, being darkened in their understanding, excluded from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardness of their heart; and they, having become callous, have given themselves over to sensuality, for the practice of every kind of impurity with greediness.
But you did not learn Christ in this way, if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught in Him, just as truth is in Jesus, that, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.”
Experiencing a near fatal car crash in 2004 was my wake-up call. But how many of us know that life is in actual fact a series of awakenings, some of which are quite rude while others come through in the form of a gentle nudge. It became clear to me then that life was a little more than just living it in autopilot. If I wanted to close a sale, I had to pitch harder with each new client that came my way. If I wanted to save money, I need to stay clear of the sales racks in the stores that so graciously called my name with every paycheck received. If I wanted to experience GOD’s presence, I had to be intentional about seeking Him. I needed to avail myself to His presence so that I could hear Him when He spoke. I also had to stay clear the environments that added no value to my pursuit of a wholesome and spiritually sound life. The excessive drinking for sport, the going out just because “I had to be at that party” - all of that – had to go, so I could experience a whole new path and renewed mind.
It’s been close to 15 years since that car accident, and as I always say – by GOD’s grace, the new, reinvented me, struggles to reconcile how the former me even survived half the blows and mad experiences from many moons ago. I am thankful for GOD’s infinite mercies, and reminders of how far I’ve come and just how much I could never go back there.
Understand this beloved; if you want to live out life as defined by your greatest ambitions, you have to dare not to conform. You will be called to turning right when everyone else is seemingly turning left and making you feel bad for not following. You will be challenged to say “No” in the faces of all those prodding you to move enthusiastically towards a thing that you aren’t sure is good for you. The fight against mediocrity implores us to evaluate the methods of those who have gone before us and succeeded, looking at ways we can incorporate similar strategies into our own lives.
Whether it’s extreme weight you are battling, whether you need to become more spiritually grounded, perhaps you are looking at your relationship circles and acknowledging the need to make adjustments, or you are quite done with living life fraught with anxiety and being “regular” – understand that a good bit of work will be required on your end. You can do this!
Others have made significant life-altering changes and their lives today bear testament to the impact of commitment, right-thinking and decision-making. Mediocrity is out – self-reinvention is in! This year, if you haven’t already started thinking this through – ask yourself “what next” and “how will I get there?” Oftentimes it isn’t a case of reinventing the wheel but rather looking at how you can incorporate the changes into your life today.
Praying every blessing over your life into the New Year beyond!
It’s a beautiful thing to dream and even better to live the dream.
What’s your dream? How will you combat mediocrity today?
Wishing you every joy and success for 2019 and beyond!