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Go beyond what’s required

Sunshine’s Reflections

Good morning!  Happy Wednesday to you all!

TFTD: Go beyond what’s required

Philippians 4:13 (NKJV)

13 I can do all things through Christ[a] who strengthens me.

Daily I post on social media outlets like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  I can’t help but notice the number of post from various people concerning challenges they are participating in.  These challenges can range from trying new foods, eliminating food items, spiritual improvement and even physical fitness.  Not only are there an assortment of types of challenges, but there are also a difference in the lengths of time they last.

Here are a few observations I’ve made:

When a challenge is issued there are a lot of different emotions that run through ones mind.  Some people contemplate whether or not they can do it, others don’t think they just sign-up and then there are those who are excited and want to give it a good old college try.

Then the challenge begins and some don’t start because of fear or simply disinterest, others dive in head first and then you have the ones who are bursting with enthusiasm at the idea of doing something they’ve never done before.

Now we are in the challenge and I’ve noticed that all three categories participate in the challenge on some level.  The ones who didn’t sign-up due to fear or disinterest still follow the progress of others by asking questions and watching the social media post.  You even have some who are critiquing the process that they are not actively participating in.  Then the people who are in the game, consistently push to get the job done.  Finally, the people who are “trying” participate but their journey can end up on two different roads.

The Roads:

  1. You either try and then slowly fear, discouragement and excuses settle in and you quit at the beginning or even mid-way through the process, ultimately joining the people who never started.  On one hand you are further along than those who didn’t get started because “at least” you did something.  But aren’t you greater than “at least?”
  2. You either try and then slowly begin believing in yourself and you ultimately push to finish.

Which category are you in?  Do you desire to do something and never get started due to fear or disinterest in the process?  Or perhaps, you are one of the few who are willing to give it your all from the start?  Maybe you are the person who tries and then gives up or you try and then realize just how strong you are.  Take a moment to figure out who you are.

I want to encourage you to go beyond what’s required.  The person who allows fear to rule will never even start.  The person who is willing to put everything they have into the process will naturally go beyond what’s required.  The last category will do more than the first group, but the choice is ultimately theirs whether they quit prematurely or if they get the job done.  It’s time for you to start believing in yourself.  It’s time to know that you can truly do all things through Christ who gives you strength.

Are you willing to go beyond what’s required?  Are you willing to accept the challenges that God has placed in your life?  I don’t know about you, but I’m going beyond what’s required to get what has been destined for me!

Have a blessed day!

Mrs. Nicole “Sunshine” Ellis, MBA

Can’t breathe: Try Spiritual CPR: Consistent in praying, Persistent in pursuing the knowledge of God, and Resistant to temptation.

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