Staying committed to things isn't always easy.
I was talking to a sister in Christ last night about how I was struggling to write a message for this week. And she said, "Why don't you just write about that ... your struggle with coming up with a message?"
That was a lightbulb moment for me.
Every week for over two years, I've posted (and emailed) a new message for the blog. And it's been a challenge to continue with it.
There are days when I know exactly what I want to write about and days when I have writer's block. Some days I’m excited to sit down and write, and some days I don't feel like writing at all.
There are days when I want to give up because of low views and days when I give myself a high five (literally) and say, "Girl, that was a good post!"
If staying committed was easy, people would actually use their gym memberships. And that degree you studied so hard to get ... wouldn't mean much.
Nothing in life worth having or doing is going to be easy, but it will be worth it. We all need someone to remind us of that.
"So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time
we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up."
— Galatians 6:9
It's only by the grace of God that I'm able to stay consistent with my writing.
My life can be a giant booger at times, and I often need assistance to pull me out of sticky situations. But every single time I'm stuck or discouraged, God sends someone to encourage me—like my friend last night.
She came to my house to drop off something and left me with more than just that ... she fueled my faith. Her simple words gave me the inspiration I needed to go back to my laptop and start fresh.
TD Jakes once said, "You can't inspire people to follow your lack of commitment."
Leadership, whether you signed up for it or not, comes with responsibility. When you commit to something, you give it your whole heart, you stay consistent with it no matter how you feel or what's going on in your life, and you never give up!
Great people are just ordinary people with an extraordinary amount of commitment to doing God's will.
"But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me." — 2 Corinthians 12:9
Whatever God is calling you to do, He will give you the grace to do it. Look, there will be times when you're “in your feelings” and want to quit but don't — it's not always just about you.
In fact, it rarely is. People are always watching and waiting for you to either win or fail so they can know what's possible for them.
And here's the great news: with God, you've already won. My prayer today is that the strength of God will help you to stay committed to your commitments and calling.
When you're discouraged or feel like quitting, what scriptures do you meditate on? I'd love to hear your thoughts, feedback, and stories. Head on over to the discussions page on the blog, and I look forward to chatting with you :).
You were born to do great things. Stay encouraged.