There are people that easily quit and give up on themselves that will continue to watch you to see just how far you will go before quitting too! They're looking to see if you're going to give up under the same pressures that made them fold.
Some people will publicly declare their dreams, start off on fire and excited but lose their ambition when the reality of hard work and consistency sets in! Oh, it wasn't as easy as they thought! Oh, they didn't realize what the ground work would consist of! Oh, they didn't know everyone wasn't going to flock to them and their ideas! No, because our dreams are our own for a reason. God blessed each of us with gifts and talents and even if they are similar, we bring our own uniqueness to that gift because no two personalities are exactly the same. Did you know that some of the people that applaud you are some of the same people that are secretly jealous of you and have envy of what you're doing? They see you not folding. They see your drive. Even tho you may not have yet reached the success you're aiming for, they see your consistency and excitement. Don't quit on you! People will quit on themselves before fully getting started and that's what saddens me the most.
I've connected with so many women who have opened up and shared some of their life goals with me but yet, after they said yes and stepped out on faith, they quickly changed their minds. As soon as their friends and family didn't support them, they said forget it, it wasn't for them. Life happens which is ironic because life will happen whether we pursue our dreams or not. The scary thing about life is that it will continue to go on without us. It's going to happen to each and everyone of us in some shape or form so why not go ahead and attack your goals head-on in the midst of life happening?!
We are people and as people, we're going to do what people do. We're going to change our minds. We're going to allow distractions to throw us off our game. We are going to allow our emotions to consume us. What has become evident to me over the past three years is that people are always watching us even if they never acknowledge what we're doing. They may never Like or Heart a post or even comment on it, let alone share it, but they are watching our posts. Just like they watch our Stories but never interact. Hey, I'm guilty! There are people's pages I go to but I won't like or comment on their status but I've seen it! LOL
Whatever you believe God has called you to do in this world, do it with excellence! Do it without murmuring or complaining! Do it with joy! I read the commentary from the book Habakkuk chapter 2, and this is what the author said:
"Too many people concentrate on what they cannot do. They focus on everything they do wrong and never on what they do right. They get so caught up in their mistakes and and inabilities that they lose sight of the fact that we serve a great God."
I love this but what I resonated with the most was this sentence that followed after it:
"If you believe you can do only one thing, make up your mind that you are going to do that one thing well. Decide that you are going to be the best you can be at that one thing."
I don't need to perfect and I don't need to be able to do everything. Only that which I am able to do, I should do it well and to the best of my ability and God will take care of the rest. I'm so guilty of comparing myself to others and wondering why when I try certain methods, they don't seem to work for me as they do for others in my same field. On top of comparison, I become insecure about the talents I don't have but I wish I did. We can dwell all day why God didn't bless us with a singing voice, the gift to to play a musical instrument, become a famous chef or good at DIY projects, or whatever it may be, or, we can choose to Thank Him for the gifts He's given us and ask Him to perfect our talents! Ask Him to help us grow in all areas. Ask Him to increase our knowledge in all areas.
"...You do not have because you do not ask [it of God]. You ask [God for something] and do not receive it, because you ask with the wrong motives [out of selfishness or with an unrighteous agenda], so that [when you get what you want] you may spend it on your [hedonistic] desires."
Don't quit on you because God hasn't! He places the desires and dreams in our heart and it would only be honorable to go after them seriously, instead of throwing in the towel before we even start!
There's more than enough negativity in the world so be the individual that shines God's light wherever you go. Our job is to give people something positive to identify with because many people are desperately searching for it and you can show them by not quitting!!
"Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good deeds and moral excellence, and [recognize and honor and] glorify your Father who is in heaven."