“All the girls jumped up and trimmed their lamps. Then the five who hadn’t any oil begged the others to share with them, for their lamps were going out. Matthew 25:7-8 LTB
This month I’m talking about jumping. It is important for you to take a leap of faith. Trust that God will take care of you no matter what the circumstance or situation. He is with you and that whatever life brings you can make it. (1 Cor.10:13)
First, what does jump mean? They define the word jump as “push oneself off a surface and into the air by using the muscles in one’s legs and feet.” I love the first two words, push oneself. This is the perfect definition. We all need to push ourselves. This life is difficult. Kermit the Frog says it best “That ain’t being green.”. He wasn’t lying. Being different in this world makes your life harder. Whether you are small or tall, black or white, Latino or not, disable or anything that people can see a difference between you and them life becomes harder. People may not like you because of your differences but that means they have to grow. God w bore you to achieve no matter the green in you. That’s why you have jumped on every opportunity to live your life to the fullest. You are here for a purpose and let no one tell you different.
Now having said that you have to realize you have to push yourself. Have a determined mind that no matter what I will do it. There will have obstacles in your way whether other people stuff or your stuff. You will have the moments where you will to second guess your decision. Some may not have been the best way to go about but it’s done. Fail but keep going. Push forward the purpose and destiny within you. Push yourself because no one else knows what you offer the world. Some may see a piece of it but not all.
I have a personal checklist that works for me. I will share it with you maybe it can help you. It’s called the Push Checklist list. It comprises only three bullet point but they are powerful:
1. Thank God
2. Appreciate yourself
3. Go bless the world
I will explain all three a little further.
Thank God, you must thank him for all he has done. You would not be here without him. He breathed life into you so he has a plan . You are the apple of God’s eye and just know that he wants nothing but the best for you and from you. Thank him for the good and the bad. The days of joy and the days of sorrow. Learn to be thankful because life can make you bitter. Be mindful that there is some else in control and when you follow his plan you can Push yourself to do it.
Appreciate yourself, Life is hard enough without you doubting you. Appreciate the fact that you are where you are because growth needs to happen. Stop saying I’m are not in the right place or it is not the right time”. Stop acting like you don’t you. You keep criticising yourself for past failures, stuff that you did not do, the things you wish you had done, the people you wish you would have talked to, the job you should have taken. STOP IT. You are where you are for purpose and plan. You are learning a life lesson so you can go back and teach someone else. Stop making life that much harder on yourself. You are right where you need to be, now Push.
Go bless the world. Show off your gift. The word of God says that gifts are given with repentance. So why are you asking for forgiven for your gift? Everybody is not going to understand or appreciate the gift God gave YOU, God knows who will get you and like you and love you. Whether its two people or millions you have a gift to enhance world show it every day in every way and let God get the glory not you.
Be the virgins with the oil in the lamp prepared to jump when the time comes.