If you’ve worked hard to get where you are and are striving to be the best, you better tell people that!
No healthy person sets a life goal to be dim. No one aims to be unnoticed and unimportant. Not one person desires to be forgotten or cast away.
So why do we do it?
Why do we shrink ourselves and diminish our contributions?
Why do we shy away from notice, accolades or appreciation?
The truth is this:
Confidence is not the equivalent of bragging.
If you’ve worked hard to get where you are and are striving to be the best, you better tell people that! Be the one bold enough to say it. Be the one proud enough to claim it.
And guess what?
They’ll either respect you for it and walk alongside you or they’ll be intimidated and get moved out of the way.
You aren’t sorta okay.
You’re not kind of …
You are GOOD.
You deserve the best for your life and the fruit of a bright future.
I never met a tree that refused to stretch its branches for fear or offending the sky.
Whatever that “it” is in your life, isn’t over and done with as long as you give it roots.
My new home has beautiful landscaping. Someone took great care to arrange the plants, bushes and flower planters just so. It stands out amongst the other houses on the street, but I never fully appreciated it because my focus had been on the eyesore right in the middle of it all – a dead space that ceased to grow. I couldn’t tell what kind of plant had been there prior, but it had shriveled up and while the rest of the yard was brimming with foliage, lilac, roses and creeping green vines, it remained grey and dry all summer and into the fall. All winter I have been contemplating the cost of having the plant ripped up and replaced with something better. I had already decided what needed to be done in order to restore the garden to its glory.
Today, as I walked between the evergreens and the dry bushes that will soon be teaming with life again, I noticed something … the one I presumed a lost cause, wasn’t dead at all! Two new, strong and vibrant branches had somehow pushed through the dead wood and were reaching out to the sunlight. These branches even had leaves on them! I missed it. I walked right past that plant time and time again and assumed it had nothing to offer and there was no need to look its way and I wrote it off.
I guess I needed this revelation today because as I settled back inside, I began to praise God. My heart was full of promise and expectation. I’ve been looking for some things in my life. I had assumed some of them were empty and a waste of my time. Have you ever felt that way?
Well, It’s NOT dead. Whatever that “it” is in your life, isn’t over and done with as long as you give it roots. Roots come in all forms in our lives – prayer, expectancy, faith, work, service, dedication, promise, etc. Whatever it is you’ve cast away needs your attention and encouragement so that it can push through and LIVE! The work of your hands will bear fruit. The creations of your heart will change lives. Your “it” will bloom again!
Be encouraged today as you look forward to spring and all it has to offer. May your springtime be eternal and not just a season.
For insight on surviving “Dry Places,” read on!