Here in the United States, we have access to so many things that can enrich our lives, yet many of us never take advantage of any of it. We all have free time, we all have resources around us – libraries, museums, job opportunities, educational opportunities. Yet most of us would rather spend our time complaining about all of the things we don’t have and the opportunities that are not handed to us, than to go out and create opportunities for ourselves. Why?
Did we lose the art of believing that anything is possible with hard work and determination? It can be easy to forget that we are all truly blessed to live in a place where there is an abundance of food and medical care is always available in emergencies. Instead, we all want more, we feel we deserve more without putting in the effort to earn it.
If we spend any amount of time watching TV or poking around on social media, we will be quickly reminded of the things we are lacking. The truth is, those things are not necessary to achieve our goals.
Life is always better when we spend our time believing that we already have the things we need to enjoy life and pursue our dreams. Don’t wait until you achieve your goals to believe in yourself. Believing you can’t thrive until you have reached your goal is a mistake, we need to thrive during the journey. To think otherwise only fills our days with negativity.
I am healthy and alive and thriving, even though I have so many goals left to achieve.
The fault in my old system of belief was that I thought everything – both good and bad – happened because of me or to me. I gave myself too much credit – I believed the world revolved around me. It is hard not to laugh at myself now looking back.
I believe that if everyday I put in my best effort, it will pay off in the future. That doesn’t mean life won’t hold struggles, but it means that I can still thrive during life’s struggles. I know life as it is at this moment is just temporary and will change sometimes for the better or worse. I believe that no matter which way life may go, I am well equipped to handle it and will continue to thrive.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.