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Encourage Yourself With A Simple Challenge


In full transparency, I feel like I am just not where I should be in life. This isn’t a new feeling, by any means, specifically when it comes to my business. I feel like I put in a good deal of effort and work, only to continually not achieve the goals I thought I would achieve. I believe God has given me many skills and talents and I do my best to be as diligent as I can with all of them. At the same time, there are many moments when I question my skills and talents, for lack of seeing the expected return on the work I put out.

At times, I feel so conflicted. I feel the call from God to do something. Yet, it makes me question everything when I don’t get the results I expected. I ask myself, why did God give me certain skills, dreams, or assignments if he didn’t want me to have success with them?

It is exhausting!

A Friendly Reminder.

Recently, a friend of mine sent me a video of a message from Steven Furtik. In this video, he is speaking about the fact that God is not going to ask you for something that he didn’t put in you. In other words, if God called you to do something, then it means He has already given you the tools and talents to make it happen. You have to watch the video HERE because my summary does the message no justice. The illustration given in the video struck a chord in me.

It was such a great reminder that God has given me everything I need to succeed in the work that He has assigned me to do. My job is to not get discouraged when I do not see the results that I feel I should be seeing. This, of course, is the hard part.

I know that the right thing to do is to keep strong in my faith and know that God will absolutely reward my work if I don’t give up.

Are You Experiencing Doubt?

As you read this, you may be thinking of a similar situation in your own life. What are you working on that is not producing as you expected? Has God asked you to do something that feels impossible? Do you feel called to do something, but often get discouraged? Is the waiting period wearing you out?

These are all common situations and you, my friend, are not alone. The good news is, just like Steven Furtick assured me, you are well equipped for the task you feel called to do. So, what does that mean? It means you and I are the problems!

The issue is not that God isn’t doing enough or giving us enough (fill in the blank). He has given both you and me everything we need to accomplish our life missions. The problem enters the scene when we lack the faith to carry it out. The problems also mount when we operate from a negative attitude or when we ultimately give up.

We have to learn to operate from a place of faith, gratitude, and expectation. Instead, we often operate from a place of fear, ungratefulness, and hopelessness. It is time for the ultimate switch up! If we want to see the benefits of everything God has placed inside of us, we have no choice but to make some changes.

Speak to Your Future Self

I have a challenge for you. Some time ago, I saw a video of comedian, @kevonstage, sharing a video of himself that he had recorded for his past self. Yes, you heard it right. He made a video speaking to who he was in 2012. In the video, he talked to his old self and addressed how frustrated he used to be doing his old job and how he is now living his best life. He also talked to his old self about all the dreams that have now come true.

It was amazing to see how far he had come and how many things he had accomplished since 2012. I want to twist the challenge a bit and put a faith & manifestation curve on it.

Take the Challenge!

Record a video and speak to your future self. In this video, talk about the goals you have accomplished and how you are now doing the things you used to wish you could do. Speak about the dreams that have come true, the people you have helped, the places you have been, etc. Essentially speak into existence everything that you are currently waiting to come to fruition.

After you record your video, continue to work and trust God to help you actualize every dream and vision!

I recorded my video a couple of weeks ago and emailed it to myself. I cannot wait until everything in the video happens and I realize every dream! This video gives me the energy to keep believing and not lose faith.

Galatians 6:9 (ESV) “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”

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