Have you ever felt that you’d love to just bury your head in the sand and wait for your problems to go away? Well this little creature seems to try to do that very thing, although no matter how hard he tries he doesn’t seem to cloak himself very well. [Audio is highly recommended while viewing this short clip.
I’m still pursing my leadership journey each day and the one lesson I continually learn and relearn is the simple fact that extraordinary success doesn’t come easy. And sometimes, we can may feel like just throwing in the towel or burying ourselves in the sand because of recent track record of challenges.
To borrow a few lessons from Drew Brees’ book, Coming Back Stronger:
It can be easy to feel desperate to find your breakthrough. When you’ve been beaten down for so long, it doesn’t matter how hard you work; it can feel like the next thing around the bend is going to be anther blow. It only takes one good thing to break the seal on what lies ahead. Just one positive turn of events can build your confidence and help you get the momentum going in the other direction. Once that happens, one good thing leads to another and then another. Pretty soon you find yourself riding a wave of good things.
If you’re feeling dejected, down, or perhaps defeated, I encourage you to press on through your challenge and choose to walk by faith, not by sight. Trust the fact that the creator of the universe didn’t bring you this far along your journey to fail. And you didn’t bring yourself this far along to quit. Believing isn’t enough. Action is required. And that’s the fundamental difference between belief and faith. Belief is passive, but walking by faith is active. Real faith has legs. And those legs are not to be used to scratch around the sand and while trying to hide from your challenges. They’re meant to be used to move you forward into the bright future you know is waiting for you.
To quote the word of God in Hebrews 11:1 (KJV)
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
I encourage you to aggressively walk by faith today. Leave your doubts and frustrations behind. Focus on what your going to, not what your going through. And take inventory of the many gifts and blessings you have been given this day. With a spirit of thankfulness in your heart, give encouragement away lavishly to everyone in your life and make them truly feel thankful to have you in their lives. Because if you woke up this morning feeling frustrated, chances are most everyone else did too.
In closing, I encourage you to go out and make a difference in someone else life today and see how great you feel in the process. 🙂