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This time has caused me to reflect about how my faith was formed as I looked back over my life.
One thing I’ve come to know is that, “we all want easy”. But we weren’t made for easy. Being alive entails more than mere existence. The human existence paradoxically is so frail and yet so powerful. Hooking into that power is what allows you to turn struggles into triumphs, bring visions into existence and dreams into reality. So when I look back over my life…it is in the struggle…it is in the squeezing times of life that my faith grew.
I’ve delivered hundreds of keynotes, including a Ted talk and a commencement speech at Northwestern University and I can tell you that the reason I’ve received standing ovations at every single one from audiences of 50 to over 40,000 is because I allowed myself to be vulnerable and I shared my raw and intense emotions of loss, fear, confusion, and pain. But completed the story with the blessings of my suffering…because the proof is in the pudding, and hanging tough through tough times…and most of all, hanging tight to God…that is what has built my faith.
Naturally when we are going through we have the tendency to look outward for help, assistance and answers. I have been listening lately to voices demanding more, more, more, looking to someone else to solve their problems.
And I get it! I totally understand.
When you are being squeezed, you cry out in desperation.
You are looking for solutions….help….aid…. and you want it quick!
I have been there!
But I have learned that God is the One to call out to when you feel under pressure and hurting.
Life is not easy…so stop looking for easy, we should not seek easy… we SHOULD seek HIM! The word seek means to go after, chase down, search for, ask, or consult. If you want to seek God, make Him a priority and don't stop chasing after Him even when you feel satisfied. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. This promise to the people of Israel can be claimed for us today as well. And, in finding Him, we find rest for our weary souls. He is the source of rest because His yoke is easy and His burden is light
People generally see what they look for; and hear what they listen for.
Harper Lee, writer
The question is…..what are YOU looking for?
What are YOU listening to?
Maybe it is time to stop watching non-stop news and listen to a much more sure report.
Maybe it is time for us to look UP and to listen to God’s word.
Some of you may be standing on the edge of a steep precipice at this very moment, wondering will you jump, or fall or simply not move at all. We all come to that point in life when we must change our outlook and start looking ahead to a new way of doing things, a new vision for life, a renewed faith in the power of what it is to simply "be." If you want something bad enough, NOTHING will stop you from reaching your goals and dreams. It’s amazing what you can do!! Just trust and believe in yourself. Allow your journey in life to make you comfortable with uncertainty and improvisation. Then you will live wisely and well, not in spite of your troublesome journey but because of it.
This is Dr. Sheri, remember be present, take charge of your life and LIVE today and every day!
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