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Don’t Settle for a Lesser Version of Your Life

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

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Today, I am thinking about how we can settle for a lesser version of our lives.

In this series, we are talking about all the ways we settle for less than God’s best. We used the story of the lame man at the gate in the book of Acts to underscore this point.

Let’s first go over a few interesting facts. This lame man was about forty years old and had been lame since birth. In other words, being lame was all he knew; the only vision he had of his life was seeing himself as a cripple.

We also know that he was brought to the gate almost every day around the same time. This means that he enlisted others to buy into this lesser version of his life.

Then one day, he was sitting outside the temple and begging for money like he always did when Peter crossed his path. He asked Peter for money, but Peter chose to heal him instead. When this man rose to his feet and saw that he was able to stand and walk on his own, he was overwhelmed with joy and praised God all the way into the temple.

Sometimes you can live a certain way for so long, it becomes your truth because it’s all you know. Yet this means that you hold a lesser vision of your life’s purpose and you end up settling.

However, in this story, God shows us what’s possible with Him through this lame man. Where in your life today are you settling? As you think about that, hold onto my favorite Scripture: “For I know the plans I have for you…plans to prosper you and not to harm you.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

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So today, stop settling.

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Release Your Vision to God’s Ripple Effect

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Proverbs 16:9 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how we never know where God will take our vision.

Recently, I participated in Giving Tuesday. Giving Tuesday was born out of the idea that after Black Friday and Cyber Monday, which are several days of shopping for yourself or others, the next logical day would be a day of giving, whether it is a financial gift or volunteering your time.

Today, Giving Tuesday is widely practiced around the world. What started as a simple giving campaign has blossomed into many special projects around the world that engage all ages. I heard one story in particular where a grade school in New York was making backpacks with little handwritten notes that were given to students in Puerto Rico recently impacted by the hurricane.

Through this we see that we never know the ripple effect that God can have on our vision once we put it out there. So, what vision do you have but are holding onto because not all the details are figured out yet? Maybe 2018 is the year you need to make your vision a reality.

As you think about that, cling to these words: “The heart of a man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” Proverbs 16:9 (ESV)

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So today, don’t let that vision stay inside, release it to the world and watch God’s ripple effect.

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Your God Given Visions Will Manifest

visions, b moments

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Habbukuk 2:3 (ESV)

Today I am thinking about how each day we are moving closer and closer to the fulfillment of the visions God has given each of us. I had this thought while I was reading the prophet Isaiah’s account of Jesus’ crucifixion.

During the time of Isaiah, Christ had not yet been born. Nonetheless Isaiah wrote, with great detail and accuracy, a riveting account of the crucifixion. It reads as if he had been standing on Calvary that day witnessing the events in person.

I can only imagine if he had shared this vision with anyone else. They may have thought Christ was coming in the next few months or the next few years, at least in their lifetime. Yet we know that Christ would not arrive for several hundred more years.

Sometimes I think we mull over our visions materializing on certain timelines to our detriment.  Particular events fall into place and we feel closer than ever to realizing our dreams, but then other events do not fall into place and we feel further away than ever. But this is our limiting perspective.

Isaiah’s writings inspire me because the account he gave was accurate and it did occur. They simply happened on God’s schedule.

If God has given you a vision, know that your vision will come to pass.

The Words that I use to encourage me when I begin to doubt are,

For still the vision awaits its appointed time;
    it hastens to the end—it will not lie.
If it seems slow, wait for it;
    it will surely come; it will not delay.”

Habukkuk 2:3 (ESV)

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Today, know that you are closer than you think to your vision happening.