By: Rose E. Clark
As a little girl, I grew up in a very loving neighborhood where every family knew every family and mothers were allowed to pre-spank you to get you ready for your real spanking when you got home. There was a down side to families being so close because they knew each other’s personal business and often you would be told that “If you’re not careful, you’ll end up just like your mother, sister, cousin,” you get the picture. It was always the bad ones in the family they chose to associate you with. Well needless to say, I got branded as such. That was the beginning of a change of mind-set for me.
I graduated from high school and enrolled in Business College. There was not a lot of money in the family but I didn’t let that discourage me. I graduated “Most Outstanding Student” in my class. I remember like it was yesterday thinking that I will be the best student in that school and graduate with honors because 1 person in my neighborhood said I wouldn’t.
That brings me to where I am today. I don’t take “no” for an answer and can’t stand the word “can’t”. I was blessed with a ministry and God and I named it “Soar Like An Eagle Ministries, Inc.”. The purpose of this ministry is to help young and old to reach and explore the untapped talents and dreams that lie within.
Too often we allow situations and people to influence our minds and cancel our dreams by speaking negative thoughts over us and in our lives. THIS MUST END. The bible tells us that “We can do all things through Christ who gives me strength”. We have to start believing in ourselves and not in what others say we can and cannot do. We have to set personal goals for our lives and believe that we can accomplish these goals.
One of the problems that most of us experience is failing to have the Faith that we will reach the goals we set. Goals are what keep us alive and give us value and hope. Everybody has dreams and goals. Without something to strive for and look forward to, you are only in a state of existence.
Find a moment in a day when you can concentrate on yourself and your dreams. Perhaps there was one big dream that seemed too big to accomplish because of all your daily chores and busyness or maybe there were a bunch of little things that you always wanted to do but just never got around to doing them. NOW IS THE TIME to make your dreams a reality. You’re never too old and it’s never too late.
No matter how many obstacles may come your way and no matter what it looks like, stay focused and don’t lose hope that you will accomplish your goals. Set small, reachable goals. And, as you accomplish them, you build faith and confidence in yourself and in God.
There will be times when you will want to doubt. You must rebuke those thoughts and replace them with positive thoughts and actions. Set your atmosphere on a daily basis that you are a winner and that you will not be defeated by any means or anybody. Pray without ceasing, especially when you are feeling frustrated and unbelief begins to set in.
Once you begin to see some changes and accomplish a few of your smaller goals, the adversary will get busy. You may start to feel like you’re being pulled from one end to another. Pray, lay your project aside for a moment to handle the situation at hand, and then continue working to accomplish your goals. Whatever you do, don’t lose focus of your goals and your dreams. Take a detour if you need to, but get right back on your road to success. Your dreams are just a reach away. Don’t let your Lack of Faith Be Your Comfort Zone.