Imagine starting a new career in an entry-level position. In five months, the employer’s expectation would be for you to have learned the necessary foundational skills to perform your job at a satisfactory level. Most of us have sustained significant changes this year that may have impacted our motivation and drive to move forward.
When is the last time that you set a goal, worked diligently, and now can enjoy the fruit of your labor? Grab your journal and find a serene place where you can spend some time alone. Free your mind and think about a plan for self-growth and development. Identify your interests and research online for purchasing low-cost items that facilitate hands-on creativity.
Our lives must be well-rounded, or else we will succumb to the hardships of our environment. Now is the best time to discover and develop your talents or to complete unfinished tasks. Begin with simple, realistic hobbies that can be achieved in two weeks or less, then progress to more complex projects as your skill level increases.
Last year, I attempted to grow flowers from seeds and failed. By my failure, I learned a valuable lesson, to let nature take its course. Do not give seedlings plant food! The sunlight and good potting soil are enough to propel the growth process. So, with that in mind, I ventured outside of my heart-wrenching experience and recently purchased a packet of marigold seeds. Since our weather is unpredictable, I decided to use a grow light and keep the seedlings indoors until our stormy season with strong gusts is over.
The seeds that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life’s worries, riches, and pleasures, and they do not mature. 15 But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop. Luke 8:14-15
Witnessing the seeds grow reminds me of the spiritual growth and peace of mind that we can achieve when we study the Word of God and pray for change. The most significant accomplishment that we can make in our lives is to serve God. Faith, trust, patience, and obedience are the characteristics that propel us into the spiritual growth cycle.
Always make God first! Focus on the Giver, and He will give you the ability to discover your natural gifts and talents, and regain your motivation to keep moving forward.
Bible Reading: Philippians 4
God, we have sustained many changes this year. We pray for you to give us peace and the desire to move forward. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen. –SJR