My best writing comes from my deepest, darkest, most painful experiences. From having gone through something fierce and arriving on the other side of it. The real pain and emotions of what I am feeling, flowing out onto paper. Some things you never forget. Some things change your life forever. Yet, even when the pain is old, I can still recall it fresh in all it’s honesty and vulnerability, that transparency… that’s what makes it good!
Ever did something crazy?!
Like really crazy…like a leap of faith?
But you did it because inside you felt like you had no choice, even if this didn’t seem to make complete logical sense you felt compelled to do it because you felt the calling to from deep within your soul.
I didn’t just take a leap of faith, I took two. I got married and I quit my very successful lucrative job, with no other job lined up in the hopes of pursing an idea, a dream of mine for my own business. Even though they were both leaps of faith, they were both well thought out before I took action.
Leaps of faith take courage. Fear is real, but like they say, you know what’s scarier than fear, regret and unfortunately too many people learn that after the fact.
So I started a new chapter of my life on many levels and it caused me to reflect on why so many people neglect to do the same.
What would you do if you knew you would not fail? What is your dream? Your goal? Your passion? Why aren’t you pursuing it? What’s stopping you? And what are you doing about it? If you have a dream or goal you should spend every day of your life working towards it. Life and health isn’t guaranteed to any of us. Tomorrow may never come for some of us. The only thing we have is today and the time we have right now.
So many people get to the end of their life and missed an opportunity to pursue what they were meant to do. Of course there are distractions and obstacles but if you want it, you work for it, you make time for it and you make it happen. Stay driven, stay motivated, this is your dream! Why wouldn’t you do everything in your power to make it work?
So, Go ahead! Get started, right now. Write down where you are, write down where you want to be, and write down what needs to happen to get you there and then get going! It’s not that simple but you know what it kind of is and if anything it’s a really good start especially if you’ve done nothing yet.
Romans 8:28 New International Version (NIV)
28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him
Relatable Song: Walk by Faith by Jeremy Camp (click here to listen)
John chapter 11 – The Death of Lazarus . (Click here to read full story)
John chapter eleven states that Lazarus had gotten sick and died. On top of that he had been dead AND buried for four days and even then Jesus went to him and brought him back to life.
Do you have a situation in your life that has been pronounced dead by you or someone else? A relationship, a business, a health issue, a dream, a goal…something that seems to have died with absolutely no hope of resurrection ever again?
That is your Lazarus situation and I’m here to tell you that whether your Lazarus has been dead for 4 days, 4 weeks or 4 years God has the power to bring your Lazarus back to life. You see I am facing a Lazarus situation now in my own life and I didn’t realize it until recently when one day as I prayed to God telling him that it’s obviously too late, that there’s no way that it can happen now that this story was brought back to my memory.
The key to overcoming your Lazarus situation is you have to believe that God can do this for you.
In the story, John chapter 11 verse 40 it says “Did I not tell you that if you believe you will see the glory of God?”.
The bible clearly states in Hebrews chapter 11 verse 6 that without faith it is impossible to please God.
Even though your situation in the natural to our eyes may seem to have died, even though you feel hopeless, discouraged and defeated. Even though you are in the midst of mourning the loss of your Lazarus, please know that if YOU believe then your Lazarus can rise, can be resurrected so that God can be glorified through your situation.
I urge you, whatever it is that you feel has died, don’t despair and DO NOT give up hope. Draw near to God and he will draw near to you. In the story Lazarus’s sister believed, that’s it, that’s all she had to do and Jesus went to where Lazarus was and made it happen. Just like that he can also come right where you are to your situation too!
Believe. Have faith. Give God a chance to show you what he can do, for you.
John 11:43-44New International Version (NIV)
43 When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” 44 The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.”
Relatable Song: “Hope In Front of Me” by Danny Gokey (click here to listen)