Welcome, this is the final part of our six week series on Turning Point Toosdays.
Our discussions on this particular day of the week focus around how we can create a catalyst for our own growth, development and who we are “Becoming Today”.
Last week in our discussion of “Turning Point Knowledge” our focus was on your willingness to fail.
Too many times we hear, see, and read messages, attempting to reinforce that failure is not allowed. That failing at something marks you for life as less than. Nothing could be further than the truth.
Failure is not only an option but as we’ll discuss it is also inevitable.
No human is perfect. No person is omnipotent. No matter how much they may believe it or desire for us to accept that they are.
You can not live life without making mistakes or screwing something up in one way or another.
Anyone who preaches otherwise is either making a mistake (and proving the point of today’s conversation), or suffering from severe delusions that require our prayers and their need to seek assistance and guidance.
Failing at a task or not reaching a goal in the predetermined time you intended does not define you as a failure. They are simply learning experiences, which if accepted as such can serve to bolster your confidence and reveal to you new ways, approaches, attitudes towards getting back on track and/or making necessary revisions.
Some of the greatest minds in modern history realized this.
As motivational czar Zig Ziglar noted, “Failure is an event, not a person. Yesterday ended last night”.
With that we now have this new day, with a fresh start to revitalize our ideas, revamp our approach and work again on the realization of our desires.
“In my experience, each failure contains the seeds of your next success — if you are willing to learn from it”. – Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen
We all will fail at some point in our life. These are learning experiences so we can do better next time. As long as you choose to accept them that way. If you opt to embrace defeat, then you are more than likely to repeat the same mistakes again. And sometimes again and again until you decide to take a different approach.
Failure only comes about when we try. When we make an attempt. When we choose to step out of our comfort zone and realize that rewards can outweigh the risks.
In order to do so you need to embrace faith over fear.
You need to remember your daybreak is coming.
Your right time is coming.
With the dawning of a new day, you will find new ways of “Becoming”.
How will you know? What do you need to know?
Maybe those aren’t the proper questions because sometimes you do not need to know.
On our shared path of “Becoming Today”, we all must deal with our own consequences, the result of our actions, decisions, attitudes and beliefs. So why not make it so we are celebrating the outcomes rather than trying to repair, overcome or run away from?
As we lovingly detach from things that no longer serve us, among those is the need to know everything. There really is no need to understand all that we encounter and endure.
When we choose to involve ourselves in the practice of letting go, releasing, detaching, whichever term you feel more comfortable with all require that they be done so lovingly.
When we do so we are rewarded not only in our relationships but also in our individual personal growth, being better able to embrace inner peace, which is beneficials across all areas of our lives.
It boosts our personal power, teaches us to be more resilient and allows us to better encourage others while maintaining healthy boundaries that aid our personal freedom and acceptance of responsibility for ourselves.
We are only responsible and can only be held accountable for our own thoughts, emotions, decisions and resulting actions. The consequences of the choices of others ultimately are not ours.
Becoming one’s emotional caretaker is not healthy for either person when it is based upon a false belief that you can control their pain.
What may lay ahead for someone, even ourselves we may never truly know. That’s why here on “Becoming Today”, we’ll explore why not knowing is more than okay.
I think most of us are familiar with the phrase “on a need to know basis”. However did you realize it applies to us concerning our own lives?
I suspect for many it did not. I was suspicious of the idea, but once I allowed myself to be vulnerable enough to explore the idea, I’m glad I did.
I realize it’s an uncommon conversation, but one I feel many of us need to consider.
It was a tough lesson for me, and at times is still challenging. As throughout my life and professional endeavors I have always been involved in uncovering information.Bringing issues to light of day and seeking truth, justice and liberty for all. More than a cliche it was a credo, my motto, part of an oath affirmed for my life to be of service for the greater good.
While I have no regrets about that, I have come to the realization that when it comes to the future and details about my own life I really do not need to know. Furthermore my struggle to uncover these elements has led to delays, obstacles and heartbreak.
As uncomfortable as it remains at times I have had to learn to accept not knowing. I have come to see that God has the solutions and my demanding answers often only interferes with His plans for me.
It’s part of His desire for us to be patient and live our lives steadfastly in faith. To trust in Him and worry not. As Jesus instructed,in Matthew 6:34, “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
God has the solution you need, even before you knew there was a need or perceived a problem. When you accept this as the Truth and allow yourself to receive His promise, God will show up with the answers,
When? Soon. Suddenly…… now!
And boom! There is your Turning Point. In a mere moment, it’s available for you to recognize, accept and act upon.
We have to find the strength to at times realize that not only do we not have all the answers, we also don’t need to know.
The concept is not new, evidence of it has been around for centuries as in the Scriptures we find Moses on a number of occasions, unable to give details to his people.
Chosen to lead them, Moses trusted the things God was instructing. Many times when asked how and when things would occur or proceed he had to tell his people, ‘I don’t know”. Then remind them as he did in Exodus 13:13-14, “Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”
I hear you. Easier said than done. Then again so is anything really worth having or experiencing. It takes effort, dedication and fortitude on our parts.
No one knew that better than the Apostle Paul. Often imprisoned for his beliefs he learned how to truly be content in the moment and accept he didn’t have the answers and many times had no idea where the next challenge may come from or when it would arrive.
What Paul did know was that with God all things always work for our good.
Do I still worry? Yes I am only human.
Do I get stressed out and lost in anxiety like I used to? Absolutely, not.
I have come to learn that often what we call worry is a sign from God. A warning that we may be approaching a situation we are not yet ready for or have diverted off our path. Gently accepting his nudge of correction I can then ease the tensions by remaining faithful, staying steadfast, becing forbearance, living joyfully and expectantly while I wait for God to lead me forward.
Taking the time to do all that I simply don’t have any left to stress, lol (audible google)!
Not needing to know is freeing and healing and among those things that have been stuck in my head lately. Yet even after releasing it all here, there is still more in there.
Moving beyond a fear of not succeeding is integral to our development.
Failure fuels determination along your path to success.
Embrace those lessons, accept the necessary gentle corrections and focus your life forward and upward.
In wrapping up today’s discussion of determining your ‘Turning Point’ while not needing to know all the small stuff, I’m feeling called to make a declaration. One of reinforcement for things I’m currently addressing in my own life, that I also know can be a blessing for you as well.
Let us pray:
I know not what the future holds. However the “hows” don’t matter because you’ve got this. I pray. I trust. I believe. I receive the abundance , prosperity and security necessary to fulfill my assignment, to step further into Your light. To accept Your Promise and become delivered to the fullness of my destiny in Jesus’ name; AMEN!
Thank you for joining us for these past six “Toosdays”, I hope for you they too are now becoming more and are inspiring your journey and any turning points you may need to encounter.