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Reflection: 2020 Is Not Cancelled - 3 Things Stopping You From Just Doing It!

It's 2020 and we are living in a WHOLE pandemic, standing up against injustice, and honestly just trying to stay well - it has been quite a year. In spite of it all, 2020 is not cancelled, in fact, it is just getting started! When the New Year bells rung and resolutions were written on the page, no one expected entering into a new decade would be this way. It has been heavy, but as we step into the final tail end of the year I want to check-in. How are those 2020 goals going? Are they still reachable? Have you thrown in the towel? Yes, this year is carrying much, but I believe it also holds some amazing blessings - more than we could fathom! I'm here to let you know that your 2020 is not cancelled! This year has been the setup for some of our greatest comebacks! There are still tangible things we can achieve in this year if we just move. As easy as it could be to snap our fingers and have our greatest desires come to fruition, it does not happen that way. I am a firm believer of the scriptures, James 2:14-17, which declares that "faith without works is dead." It is also important to note that "there is a time and season for everything" (Ecclesiastes 3:1). Maybe some of the goals you had in mind for this year are no longer tangible, but that does not mean they won't happen all. It's important to know that the timing we want something won't always occur when we desire or even how we expect. God is on His own time, He does not work around our clock, we work around His clock. This quote by Woody Allen explains it all!

"If you want to make God laugh, tell Him about your plans."
-Woody Allen

Some of our 2020 goals may still be attainable, like that fitness resolution, picking up a new hobby, or learning a new skill. They say starting is the hardest part, so I am sharing three things that could be delaying you from crushing some of those 2020 goals!

1. Procrastination/Laziness

It's not always easy finding the motivation to achieve your goals. Much of our productivity and actions stem from the mind. If you are tired or had a long day these could be valid reasons to not want to work out, but having the right perspective can pivot your action. Instead of using 'I am tired' as a reason to not workout (again), how about calling a friend to join you and be your personal coach or think about how refreshing the work out will be to boosting your energy. You won't always feel like doing something, but our feelings do not dictate our faith. Proverbs 13:4 says, "The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied." We won't always feel like working for the day, but when we know the greater end goal or reason behind doing what we do that alone is a key motivator. So, find the purpose behind the action and let that guide you. Come on Proverbs 31 woman, I see you!

2. Comparison

Comparison is a thief of so many things like your joy, your peace, and even your life. Why focus on someone's else's lane when your lane is already before you (Jeremiah 29:11)? We focus on the blessings of others and begin to compare when we don't see the same fruition in our own lives. Here's a secret: someone else's blessing is just that, someone else's blessing. In the age of social media you can scroll and find images of lives that individuals choose to portray on the screen. Do you know the sweat and tears behind their success or the healing it took for them to love again? We never know someone's story, so instead of comparing and wanting that of others allow it to inspire and encourage you to keep going along the way that God has designed specifically for you. Keep your eyes on the prize and for me that's Jesus (Colossians 3:1-4)! Can I get an amen?

3. Fear

This is one of the greatest enemies of faith. We cannot walk in faith when we allow fear to control our lives. Fear can be that inner voice that tells you that you can't do it, then replacing your hope with hopelessness. According to Matthew 19:26, "for with God nothing is impossible". It may seem nerve wrecking sending that email or reaching out to that person or asking this question or raising your voice, but what is most fearful is not doing those things at all. What if raising your voice in the classroom gives another person clarity, what if reaching out to someone brightens up their day, or sending that email leads to your next breakthrough. There is a blessing in our obedience and sometimes walking by faith means shaking off the fear that would seek to hinder us. Remember fear is not of God, so when you feel it, confront it!

There are people connected to you choosing to just do it! So, what will you choose to do in the final quarter of 2020? #allfaithnofear


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