Sunday, 09 August 2020

P Power of Positive Faith

Where He Leads; Will I Follow?

Every year New Year’s resolutions are made and it’s about this time of the year that people give up on what they committed to do. There are so many that go through their yearly committal Jesus by stating that they will follow Him wherever He leads them.

Additionally, January brings the tradition of many churches going through the process of getting their congregations to fast and to commit to the service of God through making deeper commitments to their faith.

This year has been different for me. I was pondering the phrase, “Where He leads, I will follow” and it stuck me very different this time.  It was if I was moved to the thought of asking myself, “Really? Will I?” and I stopped to think about the thought that came over me. I had to ask myself again “Really? Will I?”

I have been pondering the thought of just doing “stuff”.  Many times we say and do things out of habit or ritual; it becomes tradition.

Do you ever stop and really think about what you say? My question to myself has been when I say, “Where You lead, I will follow; do I mean it? I think that we all mean it when we say it, but sometimes things are said so arbitrarily and I don’t want my life to be about ritual or tradition. I really want my life to be one of commitment and service.

I have always said that it is important to think about what we are thinking about. I also think that the only way we can gain control over our thinking is to imagine just how important discipline is. The only way we will be able to do what God has called us to do, live holy lives, is to think about Him all the time. That does not mean that we have to walk around looking like we are deep in prayer, all serious and never having fun and being care-free! But I do think that if we are disciplined in thinking of Him, we will be care-free, happy people. The Bible tells us in Philippians 4:6 that we are to think about things that about good, pure, loving, noble and honest, there is a reason for that.

Look, I get it, being disciplined doesn’t come easy, but that doesn’t mean that it is impossible. If we want to follow Him and if we want to hear from Him we have to be willing to listen to Him. How does this looks in practical everyday life?

Giving Him our “firsts” of everything. Waking up in the morning and acknowledging Him first. Praying, reading the Bible, reading something positive, eating healthy, exercising, that means mind and body, and then getting mentally prepared to face the world with Him in the lead seat of our lives. Finally we have to learn to trust God to lead. We have to allow Him to be in control and when stress happens, learn to breathe and turn to Him. We have to learn not to create adversity and anxiety with others but to be the person that brings joy and positive energy into a room. We must be the ones who everyone loves to see coming because we represent hope, peace and love not negativity.

Positive faith comes with learning to listen to God. In the future, instead of arbitrarily saying “where He leads, I will follow,” I can learn to think about what I am saying and really mean to say, “Where He leads, I really want to follow, God help me to do that.” I have the faith to trust that He will.  That’s why He made me aware of what I was saying this month; He wants me to really mean it.  I don’t think that the things I do will simply become a ritual or just another tradition. I love God and He knows my desire is to really follow Him.  There is no doubt that He’ll help me…He will help you too….

Columnist: LaSharnda Beckwith

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Dr. LaSharnda Beckwith, PhD, MBAA, MA, BPS, is an Empowerment Advocate, personal life coach, motivational speaker & leadership expert. She knows that in order for anyone to experience success in their personal or professional lives, there must be a fundamental change in attitude. One cannot be or think negatively and expect positive results. In addition, she loves to interact where she can encourage, enable, empower and energize others.  She is a retired executive of more than 26 years with the Army & Air Force Exchange Service. She retired as Vice President of Eastern Operations. She is currently a Professor in the School of Management at Texas Woman’s University. She is an author and talk show host. Her new book, When You're Happy With You focuses on helping others find value, build self confidence, self-esteem and confront issues that may be holding them back and is currently available online through Xulonpress.com/bookstore, Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com.  Her radio talk show “Living Happy Every Day with Dr. LaSharnda” can be heard on www.LATalkradio.com, channel 1.

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