I love waking up to a new day. Each day brings opportunity and God’s mercies. I remember a time in my life when I would dread what the next day held. Each morning began with a sense of defeat. I look back now and I am thankful for where I am now. Many of us start out being dealt a defeating hand. It feels like opportunity is knocking at everyone’s door but ours. That is why I love stories of those who have overcome obstacles and the “impossible”. I often work with people who feel that they are in that place, where all sense of possibility has vanished and the only way is down. There are honestly seasons like that. There is nothing great about walking through them. Those are the times that we need to find wells of life in the desert. The first thing I do with a person is assess their life.
Looking first for places that life is coming forth.
These places can be found in people, music, books and rest. Many people do not recognize they are in a desert and begin to die off. They almost forget their need for life.
The next step is looking at our desert companions. Often we are around those that add to our death. They slowly feed us with their poison. Sometimes we need to part ways.
We need to journey with those who are headed towards life.
We can not forget the physical. The last area people usually think to take care of is their body. We need rest, good food, and a balanced life between work and home. I am amazed at how many people think they can do it all. We eventually wear ourselves out.
The last thing is to remember that we are only journeying through in this life and our surroundings change and the seasons change. Enjoy the scenery, soak in the moments and allow yourself to grow in the process.