For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. — Jeremiah 29:11
It is never too late to discover ourselves in a new way. Just because you have had some horrible tendencies since you were young doesn’t mean that it has to remain. At my church, our pastor, Rev. Dr. James Coleman, taught a class on a book that changed my life forever. The book, “The Spirit Filled Temperament,” caused each of us to examine our own lives carefully. We had to look in the mirror and do some work on ourselves.
Quincy Jones always said, “Not one ounce of my self-worth depends on your acceptance of me!” Quincy wasn’t raised up with his mother, she was a schizophrenic, removed from the hone when he was a young boy. He developed into the person he became while living with his father and grandmother.
This quote was his way of realizing who he really was. He believed that what someone else thought of him didn’t mean one thing! It was what HE thought of HIMSELF that really mattered. Quincy was free to become the man mentioned in the above Scripture,
We are all born with gifts and talents, but life comes along, steals them away from us. Alan Alda, best known for starring in “M*A*S*H,” said: “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.”
There are far too many of us who die and never try. As Les Brown put it: “The graveyard is the richest place on earth, because it is here that you will find all the hopes and dreams that were never fulfilled, the books that were never written, the songs that were never sung, the inventions that were never shared, the cures that were never discovered, all because someone was too afraid to take that first step, keep with the problem, or determined to carry out their dream.”
The purpose of this article is to remind you to take control of your life. You came to this earth equipped with all that it takes to fulfill the dream that is in your heart.
What has happened during the course of your life that has caused you not to believe you are able to get this thing done? Forget about that negativity, and be willing to go to a place you’ve never been before. Be willing to do something you’ve never done before.
One of my aunts told me that when I was a little girl, I was like a commercial baby. Who I was came through at an early age, with make-believe stages and my sisters as my cast and crew. In my own life today, at age 68, I’m finally trying out for roles to audition, seeking my chance to act. It could be a stage play or it could be a movie, but acting is definitely in my future. It has been there since I was a young child, but like millions of others, there have been things that have happened that caused me not to believe in myself, and therefore, I never did try.
How will I ever know if I never try? I won’t, and neither will you. How many parents will tell their baby boy or girl to just stop trying to walk, because they keep falling down? They wouldn’t!
As Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
Lyndia Grant is a speaker/writer living in the D.C. area. Her radio show, “Think on These Things,” airs Fridays at 6 p.m. on 1340 AM (WYCB), a Radio One station. To reach Grant, visit her website, www.lyndiagrantshow.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 240-602-6295. Follow her on Twitter @LyndiaGrant and on Facebook.