Like many of you, I am outraged and emotionally exhausted because of the wrongful and race-related deaths (murders) of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery. Not only are many hearts on fire with anger, many businesses are on fire (right now) in Minneapolis because black and brown people do not feel seen, heard, loved, valued, understood, validated, cared for OR protected.
This 2020 corona crisis (or any crisis for that matter) presents us with growth opportunities. If we let it. We have the wonderful opportunity to connect with God (read more on that HERE), ourselves (read more on that HERE), and others in ways that can help us grow beyond our current capacity. The question is “Will we capitalize on these opportunities for growth?” Just the other day, I stumbled across Oprah’s Instagram page where her wellness theme for the week was CONNECT. In her post, she asked her followers this question:
Our self-talk or internal dialogue is powerful. Did you know your self-talk can actually lead to your healing? Our self-talk impacts our self-esteem, sense of worth, self-confidence and self-image. It also impacts the way we act and make decisions. I guess what I’m trying to say is that our self-talk affects every area of our lives. For the good or bad.
The struggle is real for today’s Christian singles ages 25 and up. Not only are there real financial and emotional struggles, but there are also real sexual purity struggles. Unfortunately, many singles have been told they are still single because they’re in sin or there’s something ‘wrong with them’. How ridiculous! Since when did one’s martial status serve as the standard for purity and perfection? If anything, marriage MAGNIFIES our sin and imperfections!
“You’re not inspirational.” Words spoken into my life by a highly respected and influential leader. I’m not gonna lie. Those words caused me to believe I wasn’t good enough to be an effective leader. Because a leader is supposed to be inspirational right?
Have you heard of the term social invisibility? It’s a term used to describe certain people in society who have been separated or systematically ignored by the majority culture. As a result, these people who are marginalized feel neglected or invisible in society.
As I look over this past decade of my life, I’ve discovered and experienced a greater sense of joy, purpose, well-being, peace, and significance by letting go of 6 major things (see below). In 2020 and beyond, I commit to embracing 6 other things at a greater level so I can receive all God wants to do in and through me. It’s time for me to live a better story. How about you? What’s on your “let go” and “embrace” list? I’d love to know!
One of the things I learned late in life is that a life lived without vision leads to a life without direction, passion, power, purpose or significance.
Are you a Christian single who struggles with sexual purity? Do you find yourself “falling” into sexual sin repeatedly? Is your mind consumed with thoughts of sexual intimacy with others? Well. You’re not alone in your struggle my friend.