Hey there! This is now the second week of January, how is it going? Hope you’ve been working diligently on any goals you set up for yourselves. I have, I will release the first book of the year Jan 30 and I’m currently working on two manuscripts.
At the beginning of the year or maybe it was last year, I talked about doing blog posts on Confident Expectations this year. So this is going to be the first one in that series. Just for recap, I’d like to say that hope is something that is the main point of my ministry. There is this saying that goes from your pain becomes your purpose. well for me that is so true.
Years ago I was at a state of hopelessness. I mean I was really frustrated that things I towards what I thought was my purpose wasn’t gaining any traction. It was so easy to give up on things that I started because I didn’t see results of my labor. I’m not going to bore you with the whole life changing event story again so I can get into this message.
When I talk about Confident Expectations, I’m going to make the assumption that you are already walking in your purpose. If you don’t know what that is…begin today to find out. My soul sis Nigeria Lockley has a great series called Pathway to Your Passion to help you find out.
I’m here to encourage you on being confident in your expectations while you are working on that purpose. It is easy to become distracted and fed up, especially when you “see” others around you moving ahead or doing what you think you “should” be doing. The word I want to give you is faithfulness and perseverance…the Bible tells us on Gal 6:9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. We all quote this, but the fact is that the flesh can get in the way sometimes and we do become weary.
Be encouraged today that there are three stages in your Destiny or Purpose walk…I listened to a message by Bishop T D Jakes and he put it so aptly and I’d like to share it with you. Navigating through these stages is like going from planting a seed and becoming a full grown beautiful tree.
Rehearsal Stage: This is when we recognize that we have found our purpose. Our passion wakes us up in the morning, allows up to endure pain/obstacles in order to go what God has called us to do. Just like rehearsal for a play, this is when we are in the nitty gritty stage. Nobody is there to clap for our performance…we are grinding and working hard. But it’s here when we cal often want to give up as well. For me, I stayed in this stage a long time, because I wasn’t faithful to the process…I get moving from one thing to another.
Recital Stage: Now here you have an audience, however the audience might not be on the scale you want to be. Let me use what I do for instance…write. I have readers, great readers but my stage is different from Stephen King’s stage. However the Bible tells us that if you are faithful over a little He will make you ruler over many. So my job is to excel at the stage of my current process. Keep doing ME!!!! We miss this too often. Stop comparing your chapter 1 with someones chapter 20. You can’t share in their glory until you know their story. You have no idea what it took to get there….so just keep doing you. Once you have mastered this God will move you to the grand stage
Orchestra Stage: Here, you’re now in the playing field you have already envision you’d be. You’re surrounded with other people in the kingdom of God trying to advance the greater purpose. Here you have to know how to get along with people allow others to shine, celebrate each other. Play nice…
The key here is that to move from one stage to the next you have to be faithful and have confident expectations that everything you put in will come back to you. And that God will answer those prayers but remember it will be according to your faith and the amount of work you put in.
Despise not the days of humble beginning…