Posts tagged Victory
How many of us can attest to going through a storm, to being on the brink of no return, to being so overwhelmed with the weight of the world, you have lost all hope? As all of Houston and the surrounding areas continue to be pummeled by #HurricaneHarvey, I can imagine many people have begun to lose hope and worse, some have given up. But even in the storm, there is still reason to believe it will all work out.
It seems easy to weather the storm (pun intended) when you are not the one going through it, but as I am literally and currently dealing with the fallout of the hurricane devastating Houston, I promise you, easy is not the first thing that comes to mind. Not to mention as a native #NewOrleanian on the eve of #Katrina, this is far from an easy time. The memories of all that was lost during Katrina, the lives that were forever changed, and now watching it happen all over again in Houston is a painful reminder of how fleeing and fickle life can truly become.
But what does come to mind during this ordeal is the story of Jonah and the whale, for more reasons than the obvious. Jonah ran from what he was purposed to do, denied who he was, became disobedient and indignant, and caused himself to be a much dire situation. When we think we know it all, fail to accept who we are and what we are supposed to do, become stubborn and impervious to reality, we often find ourselves in unfamiliar territory with little hope and less of a chance for recovery. And here is where Jonah found himself. But I have great news… this is not where the story ends.
Challenges in life sometimes seem overwhelming and insurmountable, but it is that same experience that shapes our character. How we react to and handle the situation is a true testament of the person within. What do you do when you’re faced with daunting situations? How do you react when your dream hits a roadblock?
I’m here to tell you today that DELAY IS NOT A DENIAL! It’s hard to accept that when you’re doing as you should, making the right moves, and handling the business at hand, that out of nowhere, something or someone comes along and derails all of your progress. It is easy to fold up and give up, but is that really the solution, is that the person you want to become? This is the time when you have to dig deep, remember why you started on this adventure to begin with, and muster that strength, courage, and inspiration that propelled you to embark on the journey. Delays are an opportunity to refocus, re-examine, revitalize, and resurrect. A delay only serves the purpose of showing you if you’re truly READY.
Are you ready for success, for triumph, for victory, for GREATNESS? Don’t stress over the denials, the obstacles, the setbacks, or the delay, but focus on the lessons learned and what has been revealed. Hardships are the beginning of victories. Nothing worth having ever came easy or without struggles. Today is the day to accept greatness; embrace it, become it, live in it. You are great beyond measure and the victory is already yours!
“Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.” ~ William Shakespeare