A Fresh Start. New Perspective. Own Your Lane.

Today, I reminded myself that if I want to have peace, I must have a healthy and positive perspective about life. 

You guys are reading this on the June 3rd but it is June 1st, 2020 when I am writing this. I had an “oh, crap” moment last night. It is literally the middle of the year and I was tempted to think, “What have I done so far?” and “Am I making progress with my goals?”. It is so easy to dwell on these questions while you are working behind the scenes, trying to make your dreams a reality.

No one could have foreseen this pandemic and all the cancellations that came with it. It’s easy to slip into depression if you are focusing on the news every day. On top of the pandemic, a beautiful soul has just left this earth because of racism. Now, the United States and other countries are protesting. I definitely stand with them because not only does justice need to be served, but racism needs to be addressed. I am so sick and tired of racism!

Either way, a lot has happened globally, which has stopped or delayed plans for individuals and in simple terms, that sucks. Let’s just start with that acknowledgement, so we can accept it and move forward.

Today, I want to share with you a new perspective about this pandemic. A woman told me a month ago that this is the best opportunity to rest for many people who really need it. I agree; in fact, that was exactly what I was doing. 

At the beginning of all of this, a lot of people were coming out, telling persons how to  “build” and “create” during this time. 

I did not feed into it. 

I needed rest and a much needed break. I appreciate what they did – giving people who were afraid of losing income or already had – options and motivation. If you were one of those advocates, thank you. 

I can say that my blog – though I have not made any money from it as yet – has been getting more attention from me and the public. However that came after a three weeks recuperating break.  

We have to learn how to make decisions that will help us as individuals best on our own journey.

You have to listen to what God is telling you personally to do, then be okay with it. 

I support the amazing men and women, even teens and kids that are taking classes, starting their businesses and so on. Meanwhile, honey, that’s not me and maybe that’s not you in this season. And that is okay.

This is the time for you to really grab a hold of what works for you. We were not created to work the same as others, honey.

Let’s think of the people in the bible. 

We love to talk about David, Moses and Abraham, but they all walked different paths. They heard God at different seasons and ages. They were all called to touch different people’s lives and go to different countries. However, we love them for their obedience and what that obedience has done for the world.

Can you imagine young David trying to be like Josiah – the youngest King in the bible – taking the throne at 8 years old? Nope, that wasn’t David’s calling. Both were called to be kings but their journey to the throne and the impact that God wanted them to make was different.

Here is my question to you?

What will the world be missing if you continue to walk outside of your own lane? What will your family be missing and equally as important, what inner peace will you be missing?

You will never find peace running someone else’s race.

We can’t all be the same, work the same, talk the same or dress the same. We need individuality!

And can I tell you that I am talking to myself when I am saying this? Jesus had to show me how I was confused and becoming anxious because I never fit in other people’s shoes. Guess what? I never will. 

I could live my life trying… But what kind of life will that be?

I don’t want that for me and I don’t want that for you.

It’s June, we can’t go back and change the past but we can get up and make today a new fresh start. We can and we should.

Remember, Jesus can transform you into who you were meant to be. Here are some practical tips and things to remember:

  1. Create a plan. (Luke 14:28 – 33)
  2. Learn to say, “no”. (Matthew 5:37)
  3. Become disciplined. (Hebrews 12:11)
  4. Lean not on your own understanding. (Proverbs 3:5 – 6)
  5. Take it one day at a time. Do not over think. (Matthew 6:34)
  6. Ask God for help and believe He will tell/show you. (James 1:5)

Until next time…

xoxo

Alie

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