Hard Work Makes The Dream Work

Proverbs 6:6-11

Take a lesson from the ants, you lazy bones. Learn from their ways and become wise! Though they have no prince or governor or ruler to make then work, they labour all summer, gathering food for the winter. But you, lazybones, how long will you sleep? When will you wake up? A little extra sleep, a little more slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest— then poverty will pounce on you like a bandit; scarcity will attack you like an armed robber.

I came across this passage a few days ago while doing my morning devotion and it immediately grabbed my attention. It was like I got slapped in the face by the words, they really resonated with me . So much so that I literally had to pause and reread it a few times just to soak it in.

If you know anything about ants, you know that they work almost year round storing up food and taking it back to their nest. According to different estimates, most ants can carry approximately 10-50 times their body weight. I know it’s hard to believe right, they are so tiny. It’s hard to think that they can lift anything at all, but I know you’ve probably seen it before. Ants carrying leaves, or a piece of bread crumb that’s way bigger than them.

You might wonder how they could possibly do that and the answer is simple, God created them that way. The size of their bodies makes their muscles have a greater cross section which just means that the muscles are thicker than other, bigger animals. God made them that way because he knew they would need to be able to feed themselves and build their homes.

I heard an little anecdote once that I think is so fitting for this post. Sometimes we ask God for things and we are so caught up with how we expect him to answer us that we completely miss the answer. We pray to God that we are hungry and in desperate need of some food and sometime later a neighbour comes by and brings us some flour; then later someone else brings us some oil and a box of salt. And we thank them kindly and go back into our house praying to God for something to eat. Never realizing that God has just provided all the ingredients we need to make some bread to satisfy the hunger.

Sometimes all we need to do to get the results we want is to look around and realize that we have all the raw materials, we just have to work out how to put them together.

You have everything you need inside of you to fulfil the purpose you were called to.

This sometimes is the hard part though, because we are “waiting on God to supply”. And in this waiting period, we sleep, we let ourselves to slumber. Sometimes literally and other times figuratively.

If you know me, you know I love to sleep, Like LOOOOVVVEEEE!!! It’s one of my favourite hobbies, BUT! I had to come to a place where I recognized that in order to be the “head and not the tail” and a “lendr and not a borrower” I have to put in the work. I used to look at people that I know aren’t christians and witness all their successes and see their “big moves” and feel jealous, wondering to myself why I couldn’t be like them even though I had dedicated my life to Christ. I figured it should be my birthright (Rebirth in Christ) to have that kind of success. But then the verse above got to me. I was ultimately folding my hands waiting for success to fall into my lap, but the Bible clearly says that this posture would make it all the more easy for poverty to pounce on me.

That word “pounce” isn’t passive, it’s a very aggressive attack. The Bible says that by the sweat of a man’s brow, shall he eat bread (Genesis 3:19). But I was waiting on the bread to come to me without putting in any work. And we wonder sometimes why Christians are always broke, or always lacking. I think it’s because we are too complacent, too caught up in the belief that God will supply we trick ourselves into thinking that means that we don’t have to do anything but sit around and say “I trust you Jesus”.

Our dreams and goals require actual real work. Nights where sleep take a back seat, and early morning wake up calls to get things done. The popular saying is ‘teamwork makes the dream work” and although that’s true, “hard work” is also also needed for the dream to work.

So whatever you’re going to do, work hard at it. Don’t sit passively by waiting for life to hand you the lemonade! Pick up the lemons God has provided and make your own lemonade. Learn to put your hand to work so that when the accomplishments come you can know that you stewarded well the resources of the Lord.

Learn to manage your time well and to resolve within your heart that you will work at everything within your purpose as if you were working unto the Lord. The world needs more successful christians; more business owners who are also kingdom builders; more people whose success stories will bring glory unto the Lord.

What are you sleeping on today? Are you sleeping on the job? Are you sleeping on that talent the Lord has placed within you to bless millions? Are you sleeping on that business idea that’s suppose to be an avenue of employment for your community? Are you sleeping on that product idea that is suppose to change the world? Are you sleeping on your dreams, goals, visions, purpose?

Well it’s time to wake up and put your “money where your mouth is”! Put pedal to the metal and get to work. It’s now or possibly never. You make the decision.

That’s it for now Chroniclers. Continue to Live Positive!!

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Try Something New

Try Something New!

Check out the Resist the Urge Podcast

A few weeks ago I had the awesome opportunity to be a guest of the Resist The Urge Podcast, hosted by my dearest friend. It was the first time I’d ever done anything like that. I mean, she and I often have really meaningful conversations about lots of deep topics but this time it was different. I don’t know if it was just the fact that I knew I was being recorded or the knowledge that lots of people would later listen to what I said, but it was different. It didn’t stop me from doing it though. I tried something new and I have to say I loved it.

Interestingly enough, the topic of the podcast episode that day was also “Try Something New”. Listen to the Episode here!

As most of you know, I’ve recently ventured into some new business avenues. At the beginning of 2020, after hearing a sermon at church, I dubbed this year a year of Decisive Moves! I decided to go after everything that I’ve dreamed about, thought about, been inspired to try, etc. I made the decision, that this year I would work for what I wanted and stop waiting on life to hand me things. I made the decision to Try Something New.

I know you’ve heard the saying, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results” – Albert Einstein. This year what I figured out is that this doesn’t just apply to you doing the same thing expecting different results, but it’s watching others do the same thing and trying to do it just like them expecting something different to happen.

Wisdom is not attained only by your experiences and mistakes, but also by the observation and learning from the experiences and mistakes of others.

I’ve witnessed generations of people, family, friends, neighbours, who have worked hard at the same thing over and over and still poverty consumes their lives and mediocrity is like a dark cloud over their heads. This year I decided that this narrative would not be my story, my legacy.

When I first started this blog, I was so hesitant because I didn’t know anyone else who was doing the same thing. Sure I’ve read and followed other blogs but in my own circle and community, I didn’t know of one person who was even interested in blogging; but I was. At first I as so desperate to fit in and so afraid of criticism and ridicule that I almost didn’t do it. But then I pushed ahead and I tried something new! (Read the full story here.)

I don’t want to live the rest of my life working for “the man”; and I don’t want to live my life from paycheck to paycheck; and I definitely don’t want to live my life working a job the rest of my days that I don’t like. And I don’t think God wants to me either. So, I tried something new!

First I started an Etsy store. I know that to many of you that might not be big deal, but again it was something that no one in my circle or community was doing. I did a lot of research, especially since I live outside the US. Then after all my research was finished, I finally opened Passion Purpose Prints, an etsy digital downloads store where I mainly produce inspirational wall art and beautiful designs of scriptures. At first I didn’t want to tell anyone I had opened it because of fear, but then I did it anyway and you want to know what happened? So many people I know were so interested in my designs and some even wanted to start their own stores and I was able to help them.

Then I started my very own journal line on Amazon! Y’all know I’m all about journaling. I believe it’s one of the greatest ways to get out emotions that feel troublesome or overwhelming (whether that be negative or positive). I’ve also learned that journalling is a great way to see how far you’ve come compared to where you were at another stage in your past. It’s amazing to be able to read your previous journal entries and either realize that the pain that seemed completely consuming at the time has now dulled or disappeared completely, or something you were hoping and praying for has come to pass.

And I’ve recently started a merch store on Redbubble! This one I’m really really excited about because I’ve always wanted to offer my own merch but I didn’t know how to go about it, but now I do!! You should go and check out my Merch Page!

So I’m not telling you all of this to brag, although I am very proud of my accomplishments so far. I do want to show you that you can do anything! Trying something new doesn’t mean automatic failure and even if you do fail the world won’t fall apart. Too many times we’re afraid of stepping out and putting ourselves out there to do something we’ve never done before, afraid of falling or failing, but why not think instead, what if I don’t fail? What if I fly? What if I succeed? What if this thing works out and its great and people love it and it brings me joy?

So try! Sometimes the thing you want to do is meant to touch just one life, to bring a smile to one face, to make someone’s day just a bit brighter than it was before, and that is beautiful! That one life, is worth it. That one smile, is worth it! You deserve to give yourself the chance to see how great you can be. Why does it have to happen for everyone else and not for you? Why does everybody else get a shot at their dreams and you don’t?

Every big thing started in a small place.

Your dreams start with you. One action, one shot, one decision to Try Something New!

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Encourage Yourself In The Lord

Hey guys, so this is actually going to be a full length post but I’ve been thinking about something that I wanna share with you.

Encourage Yourself!

Sometimes we have desires, or goals, or dreams that we are so excited about and it just feels like something we need to do. And then we share it with a loved one or friend and their reaction pales in comparison to our enthusiasm.

It’s easy to get discouraged or feel like maybe they don’t think it’s a great idea or maybe they think you can’t do it. And a lot of times we allow these few seconds to destroy months and even years of dreaming, strategizing and planning.

Don’t do it. Don’t allow your dreams to be crushed by people who don’t have your foresight or vision. Everyone in your life is not meant to go on every adventure or journey that you take. And sometimes the ones you start with aren’t always the ones you end. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

Every person has a season that they spend in your life, some are longer than others yes, but when one person’s season comes to an end it doesn’t necessarily mean something negative. It could just mean that whatever God wanted you to get/learn/grasp from your interaction with them has been attained and now its time not only for you to move on to the next step but for them as well.

Sometimes the support is minimal and the congratulations is grand and in those small moments you have to encourage yourself. Pat yourself on the back. Remind yourself of the dream. Remind yourself of why you’re doing what you’re doing. And press on. And if the congratulations come in the end, accept them with grace and know that what you’ve accomplished is yours and yours alone to the glory of God.

You don’t have to wait for anyone else to do it. Just look at yourself in the mirror and tell yourself “I’ve got this!”

For more encouragement read the story of David in 1 Samuel 30 and see how he had to encourage himself in the Lord in a time when it seemed like he had no one else in his corner!

Remember to live positive Chroniclers! I love you all.

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