You’ve Been Traded

9 09 2010

A few months ago, all the talk was about LeBron James and how he left the Cleveland Cavaliers to go to the Miami Heat.  Everybody was mad at him and talking about how he betrayed Cleveland and turned his back on his city.  However sometimes in order to grow we have got to move from one place to another.  It may mean graduating from high school and then leaving home to start college. It may mean leaving the company you have worked in for many years to start your own company.  It may mean moving to a different state for a great opportunity.   Sometimes it means that you have to go through that bad breakup with ole’ Johnny so God can bless you with the man that will appreciate who you are!  Whatever it is that really  may be the best decision for you, everyone else may not feel that same way.  I know when I started college; folks from my neighborhood started calling me a sellout, a white girl, all because I was doing something that I thought was not just  bettering me but would ultimately allow me to give back to my community. 

 “You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover is yourself.”   – Alan Alda

Sometimes it really is God calling us from one place into another so that we can grow in our purpose.  However when you can’t see where you are going, you have opposition all around you and  it feels like you are in the wilderness;  it really does take faith to see yourself through it.  Additionally if you can have the faith and step into the unknown, into your wilderness, you will need that same faith so that you won’t end up being like the children of Israel as it took them 40 years to make a 11day trip, all because they could not keep the faith they had when they started the trip, to help see them all the way through.  You must trust that this feeling, this urge, this stirring in your spirit that is telling you to go is the right thing to do.  You see this urge or intuition, you know that small nudge you feel that you should do something, well I believe that is God.  Sometimes that small urge to make a move is the hardest thing to act on as it calls us to do something we have never done before.  In a book I read by Joyce Meyers called “Do It Afraid”, she talks about the challenge of overcoming fear to live a life of faith. Joyce goes on to explain in her book that “many people’s lives are controlled by fear.  The Greek word for fear is phobos.  Initially it had the meaning of flight, that which is caused by being scared; that which may cause flight.’  In fact the words ‘fear’ and ‘flight’ are so closely connected that one meaning of ‘flight’ is ‘a fleeing from.’  In other words, flight is what happened when fear came to make us run or flee.  Most people have a reason as to why they are afraid. Vine’s Bible dictionary sums up those reasons by saying, ‘It seems best to understand it as that which is caused by the intimidation of adversaries.” If you don’t understand what I mean, think of Moses. You remember the story in the bible when God is delivering him and his people from Egypt?  Well in order to get out of Egypt they have to cross the red sea. I don’t know about you but if God told me, like he did Moses, to take out this staff, place it in the water and I will part the red sea, that in and of itself would make me doubt!  I’d be thinking, “OK Lord so you want me to get this big old group of people out here in the middle of nowhere to pull out a stick in the middle of the sea, so you can part the waters so that we can walk through it??!!”  Would you not be afraid?  Would you not have thought, OK if I get all these people out here and I stick this staff in the water and nothing happens, I will be the biggest joke EVER!!!!  But despite your fear, could you have pushed passed it like Moses did to have the faith that it would happen? There are all kinds of people not just in the Bible, but in everyday life that must believe in the face of fear.  Believe that God has uniquely gifted you.  Believe in the dream God places in your heart to live in your life’s purpose and move toward it on a daily basis, despite opposition all around you.  It is in these times that you must act on your faith, or muster up enough to start no lose heart, no matter what!!!  You must keep the faith and don’t loose it in the middle of the journey like the children of Israel did. You have to leave what you know, even with the opposition as well as the inability all to see where you are going.  Yes you MUST do it afraid!

 I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal. – Philippians 3:13 – 14

So despite all the resistance, conflict and challenge you may receive, when you are on God’s team and He tells you that you have been traded and it is time to move from this place to the next…girl you better play for the Lakers as if you had never played for the Celtics.  In other words, leave the baggage behind and trust that the direction you are going in is in divine order and in due time you will see the fruits of your labor.  You will see why you had to go from here to there in due time if you stay in that place with faith in your heart and you DO NOT QUIT.    You must be committed to seeing this all the way through.   As my elementary school coach used to say to us, “winners never quit and quitters never win.”   The question to ponder this week is what would you do when you find out you have been traded?

 “Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.” – Booker T. Washington

 “If there is no struggle, there is not progress.  Those who profess to favor freedom and yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground,  they want rain without thunder and lightening.  They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters.  This struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, and it may be both moral and physical, but it must be struggle.  Power concedes nothing without a demand.  It never did and it never will.” – Fredrick Douglass

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