One of the most valued lessons I’ve ever learned has come over these past few weeks. That lesson was strengthened by a conversation I had with a friend today.
Let me start by saying this: When you know God has given you a purpose, and you know that because you have purpose, you cannot afford to risk your destiny by wasting time being in friendships, relationships, jobs, or environments that will distract you from that purpose.
I have been guilty of investing too much time into people and habits who are distracting me from my purpose. I think we all have. I think we all have that something or that someone who we allow our emotions, our hormones, our pride, or our loyalty to whatever it is to get us distracted. We get distracted enough to the point where we start missing our own blessings. And not because God doesn’t want to give them to us, but that we allow our “things” to get in the way of them and block them from us.
First, we can all easily identify those things that are distracting us from our purposes. Sometimes, we allow guilt, or greed, or lust, or whatever to make us hold on to those things instead of letting them go. Letting them go so we can have open hands to receive God’s blessings. Wow.
Transparently speaking (but without too much detail), I recently had to let something go. I think I knew it for a while, but was too afraid of what letting that thing go meant. Too afraid of how letting that thing go would make other people feel. Too afraid of how I would feel without it. hmm… <- I am realizing this as I type.
But the moment I made the decision to let that “thing” go, blessing started showing up. Actually, two days in a row, two major blessings had come. I didn’t connect the blessings to my release of that thing until the next day. But when I thought about it, I couldn’t help but to feel two ways – grateful and foolish.
I was grateful to God for the blessing, yet felt foolish for holding onto something that I knew God wanted me to let go. All because I was afraid of what I would do without it. smh. smh. smh. And the blessings far outweighed thing I didn’t want to let go of.
And that’s the thing. We are too afraid to let go of something, but too stupid and too selfish and too prideful to realize that God is trying to give us something much bigger. much more rewarding. much more fulfilling. *sighs*
I was speaking to a friend on the phone who was just in a major car accident. He was telling me how lucky he was to be alive. His car was clipped by another driver and it spun him out of control and his car flipped over the median into oncoming traffic. It was by the grace of God he’s alive and well and unscathed.
As we continued our conversation, he tells me that this is his third major car accident in his life. My immediate thought was God has a purpose for him. The devil knows it and wants to take him out. He started reflecting over the incident and expressed how he didn’t want to invest his time into certain things and people anymore, and how he wanted to live for his purpose.
And that brought me back to my earlier thoughts. God’s purpose for my life is too precious for me to waste any time investing myself into anything that does not align with it. Anything else, I would be shortchanging myself and robbing God of His glory.
So there was a lesson in all of this; a lesson for us all. Consciously invest your time into things that matter. Life is too short to put any energy into a job, a person, a relationship, or anything that is not a part of your God-given purpose. If God says let it go, let it go. It’s not worth missing out on that bigger something God has for you. Just empty your hands and let it go.
P.S. I only named this blog “He Was There All The Time” because that song was stuck in my head at the time I started writing.