Time to Recalculate.

I’ve always heard that God is like a GPS because He will always direct you where to go.

While I believe that saying, I think there is a much more relevant part to this similarity.

As I drove to work this morning and took a few (for the sake of my pride) wrong turns, I would hear Rupert (my GPS’s name) re-directing me.

“Recalculating…recalculating…Now turn left on…” etc etc. You get the point.

Anyway, I started thinking, I GET IT! God IS so much like aGPS! And while it is because He directs us on the right path, it is more so about His ability to redirect, refocus and recalculate.

It doesn’t matter where we are or where we’ve been.

It doesn’t matter how many times we have refused to listen to the suggested route and go our own way.

Our stubbornness does not determine his faithfulness.

Wow.

Soak that in. YOUR stubbornness does not determine HIS faithfulness.

You see, if we never got lost, we would never appreciate being re-directed and put back on course.

And unfortunately, we will all get lost. It doesn’t matter how much you think you got it going on, life will sometimes get the best of you. You are human. Simple as that.

But there is wonderful news for you: You have an eternal GPS that knows you will turn off course, even before you do so.

So, be encouraged. If you have strayed, do not spend your time worrying! Turn up on the volume on your GPS and give Rupert a little credit.

He has never steered you wrong before.

He doesn’t plan on starting to today.

Life is all about learning to recalculate and make the best of where you are.

So, roll down the windows and breathe a little. You may have your hands on that wheel but your heart has a much greater navigator.

Recalculate, my friend! You have a lot of road ahead 🙂

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How many times?

Have you ever had to tell someone something over and over and over…and over again?

It is so frustrating.

If you have never had this happen (impossible), then I will gladly give you a little example.

It involves a group project, which can be stressful in itself, because you are depending on other people to do their job so that you can do yours.  I was placed in a group and we all delegated tasks appropriately and had everything settled.

Well, I was in charge of putting everything together at the end, adding a conclusion, editing the current content and making it look pretty, or as pretty as a power point can look I guess.

In order to do this, I assigned deadlines for every group member to send me their information by a certain date so that I could edit it and have it completed on time. Needless to say, Jimmy (not his real name) decided to bring his headphones to class and tune out life in general.  So the “slides” he sent me…well…they were interesting.

I re-did them all.

Joe (not his real name) sent his 98 days late ( really 2) so I wanted to punch him.

And Melanie (not her real name), wrote slides on the completely wrong subject and sent them to me late.

Being a freshman, I was to the point of belonging in a psych ward over this project. I am so serious. I sent out at least 11 emails reminding them of their tasks and they STILL managed to be late.

Amazing.

This post makes me sound like an absolute nut and school fanatic, which is quite humorous. So, don’t worry, I’m not a nut, but THIS was frustrating!

Anyway, my point is, it is hard to tell someone something over and over again and have them not listen!

“Hahahahahahahhahahaha!!!! That’s funny, Cleere! You do that ALL THE TIME! However,  I love telling you about your gifts and how special you are over and over again, but it might not hurt to listen!” –Jesus talking here.

You see, when I thought about it this morning, I just had to giggle. Jesus has reminded me more than a million times of my worth and who I am.  He has spent hours knocking at my door and pleading me to take a walk with Him, just so I can know that I am worth being invested in.

He has graciously reminded me of my gifts, even after I doubt them.  He has even placed others in my path to be a voice of reassurance.

And yet, I still forget.  I still doubt.

I am aware of my gifts, but I focus on my weaknesses. I know my strengths but I let my flaws take my focus. It makes ZERO sense!

Just like I felt about my group members, I am sure Jesus is thinking “CLEERE, WE GOT STUFF TO DO CHILD! WHY ARE YOU STILL SITTING THERE?”

Do you feel like He is saying that to you?

Maybe it’s time to stop being stagnant and step on the gas.

And don’t worry, God is MUCH more patient than you and I, and He will gladly remind you who you are and what you can do, over and over and over again.

But you decide to listen.

We got Kingdom work to do, ladies and gentlemen! What are you waiting on?

Commit. Just Do It.

Wow. Been a while.

 I have missed writing. A lot. And want to hit myself for getting away from it so easily simply because I’ve been busy.

Busy with what you might ask? Life. It really does tend to get in the way sometimes. 

As I began my new job yesterday, which I am SUPER thankful for and undeserving of, I was reminded of the important of being committed to something.

The first thing that popped in my head? Writing. So, I promised myself I would start writing yesterday.

I already failed. Life got in the way, once again. UGH.

Actually, the reality is I just did not follow through on my commitment and disappointed myself.  Because the thing is, I could’ve written a paragraph.  A sentence.  A word- “busy” – for goodness sakes! Anything!

However, I re-committed myself today to getting back to me. I love to write and it makes me feel better. It’s like cheap therapy so thanks for being a part of it!

The reality is, you will ALWAYS have a to-do list.

You will always be busy. 

You will always always have days when you are completely and utterly exhausted.

Work will be intense.

Friends will make it an emotionally difficult day sometimes.

Family can take up every free moment you have.

Life will get in the way. That, I can promise you.  However, I can also promise you that God rewards commitment.  It goes hand in hand with obedience and it requires time, energy and investment. 

The reality is the rewards are not always immediate but that is one more day you can check off your list that you stayed committed to something. It feels DARN good if you haven’t tried it before.

So, as I start this journey as well, I encourage you to commit or re-commit yourself to something you promised yourself you would do or something that you know is necessary 

Maybe you promised yourself you ‘d start eating healthy…starting tomorrow.

Or reading the Bible….starting tomorrow.

Or praying for someone daily…. starting tomorrow

Or keeping track of your days in a planner…starting tomorrow.

Anything!

No matter what it is, adding or removing something from your daily routine requires COMMITMENT.

It’s not always fun. Nor easy. Nor exciting. Nor effortless. None of that!

 But worth it? You better believe it.

Like Nike says, “Just do it.” 

Do it today. Tomorrow. And next week. Stay committed. 

“Roll your works upon the Lord, commit and trust them wholly to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and so shall your plans be established and succeed.” -Proverbs 16:3