Well, I know too many times when I have been and completely understand if you are thinking this title seems like a 90's cliche rap song topic but the Holy Spirit impressed it upon my heart to address this subject. In the age of publicized self-made success stories and the glorified side hustle, we have placed a high value on the art of making our next dollar that it has become hard not to get consumed with the whole process. Now don't get me wrong because I am a firm believer in needing money to even function in this world we live in and having it can open doors to more choices. "So why bring this topic up then?", you may be asking.
I've always heard people say "good things come to those who wait" but I believe this phrase left out some very important stipulations that are vital parts of this Christian journey. What it should have been revised to say is "good things come to those who wait, work hard, endure the character building process and are obediently walking toward what God has called them to do." Now I know my version is a mouthful to say when encouraging someone and would probably never catch on, but as I am learning in my current season of walking entirely by faith, I wish someone would have shared these exact words with me. It can be so easy to get caught up in the test and trials that come our way as well as the many other distractions that try to overtake us while pursuing our God given purposes. So what inspired this particular blog was a recent lack of focus and pressure I was experiencing along my journey.
Many of you have probably heard this verse from the Bible found in Luke 6:31 KJV which says "And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise." If you did not hear it said this way, then you may have heard it as "do unto others, as you would have them do unto you." This phrase was considered the golden rule and the fundamental principle for how I was taught, in church, to treat everyone. It did not matter what the other person looked like, what church they attended or whatever differences we may have had. Even at a young age, when I applied this principle, I noticed overall it was met with many positive responses when I allowed positivity to flow from me and received adverse reactions when I was more negative in my approach.