[LOVE + LIFE]
I printed this onto colored card stock, had it laminated and mailed it to my little cousin for her high school graduation years ago. She posted it on her bedroom wall and eventually the wall of her cubicle at work. I’ve had it tucked away on Facebook for quite some time. But clearly it is my turn to hang it on the wall.
God certainly has a way of sending swift, sometimes painful, but always worthwhile reality checks. I believe in GRACE. I encourage and embrace FORGIVENESS - because I need and want both extended to me. But if there is one thing I have learned in this game of love and life, it is the importance of listening to my heart and not ignoring clear warning signs of a situation with more potential to break me than build me up.
I choose to protect my peace, be happy, and surrounded by love. I value my friendships and I choose to continue being a good friend to those who have shown themselves friendly to me. I choose to continue making great strides financially and professionally, quietly (To guard against opportunists and status seekers…) The only person I need to impress or prove anything to is ME - and that simply serves as motivation to raise the bar after each accomplishment, no matter how great or small. I choose to love and be loved in return. But with caution. My love is one of a kind. It cannot be purchased or duplicated, and most certainly not entrusted to someone who cannot, does not, and/or will not value me - in all my indecisive, tomboy, cornball music loving splendor lol… It’s not arrogance. It’s sincerity and fact.
I recently found myself packing, smiling, and essentially rushing (back) for all the wrong reasons. Time to regroup. Reset. Rethink. Remove. Restart.
Living, learning, and enjoying life’s journey can be fun and rewarding. But not free from a few speed bumps and roadblocks along the way. Use discernment. Your spirit will guide you and God will protect you. But you have to do the work: Pray, Listen, Obey, and Keep it Moving.
When you accept the truth, you have no choice but to be fearless.
:: Everyone Can’t Be in Your Front Row ::
Not everyone is holy enough and healthy enough to have a front row seat in our lives.
There are some people in your life that need to be loved from a distance.
It’s amazing what you can accomplish when you let go, or at least minimize your time with draining, negative, incompatible, not-going-anywhere relationships, friendships, fellowships! Observe the relationships around you.
Pay attention to:
Which ones lift and which ones lean?
Which ones encourage and which ones discourage?
Which ones are on a path of growth uphill and which ones are going downhill?
When you leave certain people, do you feel better or feel worse?
Which ones always have drama or don’t really understand, know and appreciate you and the gift that lies within you?
The more you seek God and the things of God - the more You seek quality, the more you seek not just the hand of God but the face of God the more you seek things honorable — the more you seek growth, peace of mind, love and truth around you, the easier it will become for you to decide who gets to sit in the FRONT ROW and who should be moved to the balcony of your life.
You cannot change the people around you… but you can change the people your are around!
Ask God for wisdom and discernment and choose wisely the people who sit in the front row of your life.
DESIRE TRUTH, WISDOM, INSTRUCTION & UNDERSTANDING
With God on your side, you can rest assured that you will attain your goal.