Your Life, Your Story – but how will it end?
Your life is the story you tell to the world. Even without words, our lives speak of either love or fear. What story are you telling with your life?
My life used to be very different than it is now. Most of my days were filled with questions and fears based on the beliefs I carried about my circumstances. I was a prisoner to fear and felt like my limited life was crawling by. One summer, about 20 years ago, God began to speak to my heart about something new. He led me to Isaiah 43:18-19. The book of Isaiah had been a comfort and source of wisdom to me for some time, but this verse became personal. I felt like He was making me a promise of new possibility. As I read it over and over, my mind began to take on new beliefs and expand beyond where I was. God’s truth set me free of the fears that had held me in bondage for so long.
I could have continued on the same path, believing what my fears were telling me, but I realized that a few bad chapters didn’t have to ruin my story. I could begin again and write a whole new life.
Your life is driven by your beliefs and thoughts. In fact, your mindset is the most powerful thing that governs you. Henry Ford said, “If you believe you can, you’re right. If you believe you can’t, you’re right.” Your life will always be an expression of your beliefs. And you will never exceed your mindset and expectations about what is possible for your life.
If you are a prisoner to negative thinking, self-doubt, and fears, then it’s time to change your belief system. It’s time to expand your mind with God’s truth and what is possible for your life.
What do you want your life to look like? be like? What example do you want to set? What legacy do you want to leave? These questions are worth the time to answer because the one life you get is worth living exceptionally well.
We’re at the beginning of a new year and many are saying that this year holds more possibility, that God is moving us forward. But the catch is always this: are we willing to let Him lead and show us what is possible? Are we willing to renew our minds to what He says is possible? (I think Henry Ford was onto something.)
If you are willing to change and grow, you can begin imagining your life in a new way. Thoughts held in mind create new thought pathways for better or for worse so you will want to say ‘no’ to thoughts that place limits on your life, and hold onto thoughts that help you think with possibility and create a new reality. Jesus said, “All things are possible for those who believe and trust in Me.” (Mark 9:23)
God is always doing a “new thing” in us and around us. He knows we need His shepherding care and renewed vision to see beyond where we currently are. Would you like for God to do a “new thing” in your life?
I will be happy to lend you my life verse as your verse for 2018:
“Forget the former things; do not keep remembering the past. See I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up! Do you not recognize it? I am making a way in the desert and rivers will flow in the wilderness.” – Isaiah 43:18-19
Our life is our story. If we keep living the same year over and over, doing the same things and getting similar results, then it will end the same way it looks now. The number one regret of older people and individuals on their death beds is this: they regret they didn’t do more, try more, and love more.
It’s time to say, “Enough is enough!” It’s time to change and live a great story of gracious possibility with our lives.
Several moments have passed by while you’ve been reading this post. We never get the same moment twice. Such a simple yet amazing statement! Let’s be determined then to not live the same year over and over. Let’s move forward this year like never before! Then your life, your story can be the adventure story, the love story, and the unique story that reflects you and the God who wrote it.
There’s grace, strength, and power for the journey!
From the desk by the window where the wind is blowing and the rain is on the way to water possibility in our hearts.
(c) 2018 – Robin Lewis / Sozo Life & Leadership, LLC