My soul melts from heaviness, strengthen me according to Your word.
I woke up this morning not really feeling like myself, which has been the pattern for the last few days. So I started the day with a little morning meditation in hopes of decluttering and centering my mind. I felt a little more centered but decided to follow it with some time in my bible. It was already sitting open on the table next to my bed so I just read what it was opened to – Psalm 119. Verse 28 (shared above) is exactly how I woke up feeling.
The killing of Keith Lamont Scott has Charlotte on edge. It’s one thing when it’s happening around you but it becomes very real when it’s literally almost in your “backyard.” I now realize that my soul is heavy. Heavy because of the realness of this situation and the tension that it’s created due to the divisiveness of the parties on each side of the argument. It has my mind totally consumed with how I can make a difference.
How Can I Make a Difference?
It wasn’t until this morning that I realized that I was doing exactly what I told you all NOT to do last week. I’d let Negative Nancy move back into my thoughts. I was downing myself because I wasn’t out there in some way supporting. I’d led myself to believe that was the only way to support and any other contribution would not be as impactful. Maybe I really wrote last week’s blog post for me lol.
But today, after re-centering through mediation and the Word, I was able to kick Negative Nancy out again and think clearly. And while what I am about to say is driven by what’s going on in my “backyard” right now, it’s something that can be applied to every stage of life.
We All Have a Piece to the Puzzle!
While the protesters are bringing awareness to their message day and night, there are others who are working behind the scenes. Some are contributing financially to help buy supplies (food, water, etc.) and pay legal fees such as bail for innocent protesters. Some are contributing their services such as pro bono legal assistance. And the list goes on. While the only ones we see are the protesters, there are so many other pieces to the complete puzzle that are helping to make a difference behind the scenes.
I realize now, it’s ok that I’m making my studies a priority as I have midterms next week [oh yea, I’m a part-time evening law student if you didn’t know]. Why? Because while at this stage in my life I’m not on scene, what I’m doing at this stage will allow me to be able to significantly contribute to my community in the very near future. Not only that, but just because the way I envisioned contributing isn’t realistic right now, doesn’t mean that there isn’t anything else that I have to offer. Fortunately, I’m blessed financially and while I can’t be out there passing out waters, I can certainly buy a lot of water to be passed out.
Never Underestimate Your Piece to the Puzzle….
What is it that you’re holding off on because the way you envisioned it happening isn’t feasible right now? Sometimes (well almost all of the time) we have to realize that our plans won’t always pan out exactly the way we saw them panning out. That doesn’t mean they won’t happen. So, no you don’t have the piece to the puzzle to complete it the way that you wanted to right now. But at this moment in your life what piece of the puzzle do you have? Because you always have a piece to the puzzle. It’s just a matter of figuring out which piece is appropriate now.
A few years ago when I sent out Christmas cards to my friends, I included a puzzle piece with the following message:
You are one piece of a picture that is not complete without you! God has gifted you to be an important part of the body of Christ to bring Him honor. In this season, God made you an important piece to my puzzle life. Enclosed is one piece of a jigsaw puzzle as a reminder of how unique and important you are, not just in God’s plan, but also in His plan for my life. Thank you for the role that you played in this last season. I am forever grateful! 1 Corinthians 12:1-227
Each of my friends are a different piece of the puzzle in my life. Each one offers their own unique contribution. It’s the same with each season of our journey.
So you weren’t able to save as much you would like to quit your 9 to 5 and start your business…. But the income you’re still making on your job allows you to begin building a strong foundation for your business by hiring an attorney to legally structure it, finding a great marketing and design firm to get started on ideas for your brand and website, or just continuing to build your rainy day fund (the first couple of years of full time entrepreneurship can be tough, so the larger the rainy day fund, the better). I told you all in last week’s post how I always try to find the good in things. What if you weren’t supposed to leave your job yet because soon you would be put on a team that introduced you to someone who was going to be a great asset to your future plans? I’ve seen it happen before. So no the puzzle piece you wanted to fit right now doesn’t but it’s not the end of the world.
This week take a moment each day to center your thoughts and declutter through meditation. Then think about where you are in your life and what role your current circumstances play in the big picture. Some circumstances produce the puzzle piece called growth that’s apart of all of our big pictures. Or perseverance and patience…. You know the hard things that we don’t like to think of as essential. Or it could be as simple as making sure you’re in the right place at the right time and not rushing the process along. Right place, right time = puzzle piece fitting perfectly. Rushing the process and not appreciating where you are in the journey = a perfect piece in the wrong place.
To appreciating where we are!
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