Dear Friends & Faithful Readers,
I look outside and see the frozen tundra and I think to myself another season has come and is going through the “motions’ of winter. Holiday season sales are accelerating as people are gearing up to buy gifts for their loved ones, while it gets chilly outside it gets cozier and warm inside amongst family and friends. Although it is winter outside I want to write about a concept that I believe propels us no matter what the weather is outside or inside.
Today’s topic: Momentum, how to host and embrace it’s power.
“Not One Step Backwards!”
The year is 1942, WWII is well underway, Hitler and the Nazis have invaded Russia (USSR), the Soviets are experiencing heavy losses along with mass retreat and desertion. On July 28, 1942 Order No. 227 a grand order was issued by Joseph Stalin who was acting as the People’s Commissar of Defense. It is famous for its line “Not a step back!” , which became a slogan of Soviet resistance. There were two choices for a Soviet soldier either retreat and be shot for treason or move forward and risk it all for fighting for your country.
What gave these men the courage to run straight into the fight?
Answer: Envisioning what they were fighting for, the cost of attaining freedom, and a world free from tyranny and dictatorship.
This spirit of reckless abandonment is what is needed in our culture today metaphorically speaking. Courage is required to step into the unknown and seize our destiny!
“It is in moments of decision that your destiny is shaped.”
– Anthony Robbins
A few years after the Soviets pushed back the Germans in Stalingrad it was the Americans turn to shift the tide of momentum for the Allied forces against the Nazis in 1944. The day is June 5, 1944 one day before Operation Overlord the greatest assault in the history of mankind and the Allied paratroopers are preparing for combat to be dropped behind enemy lines to spearhead the invasion of Western Europe. Each of these soldiers had trained for several years through brutal training exercises and conditions. The motto of the paratroopers was “keep moving forward” because the moment you stop…you die in war. In training camp each paratrooper was taught that no matter where they were dropped after their jump whether it was the correct landing zone or not they had to improvise, vanish and do whatever they could to move forward and link up with their fellow paratroopers undetected to the enemy. When these men made their jump on June 5, 1944 they were leaping straight into the hornet’s nest through a hail of bullets, burning planes, treacherous swamps and German command posts…we should be forever grateful for their sacrifice but also learn key principles from their combat tactics.
The words of the great Apostle Paul in the New Testament ring through my ears as I pen down on paper my thoughts to you.
Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
Paul understood that the moment he became satisfied and complacent with where he was at in his calling and walk with God on the earth that is when he would be in danger of falling short. Likewise while we need to be thankful for what has been accomplished in our lives so far we cannot camp and stand still for when we do we are in danger of falling off the track for what we were designed to accomplish.
Planting the Economy
Many years ago I used to think that I could only be used for a single purpose and that was to travel the world, speak to thousands of people and be in “the ministry”. I was convinced I would never work a 9-5 full time job and that I would make it by in my life on honorariums, have all my needs provided for, work a simple part time job while still being able to “live the dream” of traveling the world ministering. Little did I know that God had other plans for me. The last few years of my life I have been launched into numerous open doors of influence including modeling, dance, business solutions as a cellular sales representative, writing etc. I have come to realize being a light that shines in the darkness doesn’t mean you have to be in one particular setting or another. However we were built to invade space in all realms of society. If that means you are a mechanical engineer, model, actor/actress, dancer, elementary school teacher, doctor or a single mom it all is glorious in the eyes of God. GO DO IT!
The key is to make the jump from the heavens above through the murky clouds of doubt, bullets from your critics and bad circumstances to the earth below. Despite what religion says the kingdom of heaven is where groups are assembled that love each other in any setting or location not restricted to a church building.
“Wherever two or three are gathered in my name…I am there with them.”
Going Through The Motions & Notions
Our personal destiny is like gym training….SAY WHAT? Yes it is….follow with me…
1) The first step is “getting there” and being a frame of mind and spirit where we want to run headlong into the limitless potential that is out there for us. Desire is the key that unlocks the hidden treasures and secrets to success.
2) Next we have to figure out what exercises and training programs suit what goals we want to attain. What works for one person may not work for you. Key thing to keep in mind…don’t compare yourself to the fella or chick next to you…it doesn’t work nor does it end well…the universe has enough Bobs and Sarahs out there…the world is waiting for YOU to manifest yourself.
3) After that we need to commit ourselves to the process of time, pain and growth. Destiny is a process that takes all of our lives to get to but something that we draw closer to day-by-day, moment-by-moment…second-by-second.
4) Lastly when we have reached our goal and we are able to show the world who we are…think about how you will use your achievement to illuminate others and guide people to their goals. Ultimately the main question is…what is the purpose of my life?
In the amazing words of Corrie Ten Boom who survived the horrors of the Holocaust in the Nazi Concentration Camp Auschwitz:
“Faith sees the invisible, believes the unbelievable, and receives the impossible.”
Corrie Ten Boom
Listen to this awesome song it’s pretty well known called “Wake Me Up” – Avicii
Think about life being a journey, stay pure and eager to step into new things beyond our understanding and ultimately finding “love as the prize”. Some of my favourite lines of the song are:
“Not afraid to close my eyes…life’s a game made for everyone and love is the prize.”
What does the phrase “love is the prize” look to you?
Keep moving forward my friends…”Not One Step Backwards!” 🙂
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