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Press In, Press On, Press Through

The pain and the struggle are real,
but that doesn't mean we should give up.
'To the people who never give up, we must learn to press past both natural obstacles and unseen forces such as anger, unforgiveness, guilt, shame, and fear.'

That quote is from the book, Never Give Up! by Joyce Meyer (p 61). She tells the story about Wilma Rudolph, who had to push through many obstacles and barriers to become the fastest woman in the world in 1960. Meyer's point is that there are no free rides to success (whatever that success looks like to you). It's going to cost something. We are going to have to give up something. For all of us that means something different, yet something substantial.  

I know there is a sacrifice to do what I'm doing (blog, books, and a few other things), but I refuse to give up. There are too many people who can benefit from this blog and my books. Am I writing them for myself? No, not really. My family? Not particularly. Don't get me wrong, my family and I are most definitely part of the equation. To say anything to the contrary would be a straight up lie. Yet the most important reason I write and the reason I will do even more is 1-God and 2-to help other people that I wouldn't normally reach if I didn't write. For the most part my family already knows what I know. They already know my testimony, my journey, my life. There are others who don't and I believe I can be of some assistance in telling them the things the Lord shares with me. He drops quite a bit in my spirit as you can tell if you've been coming to this blog for any length of time. 

God does that, because He wants me to share that information. Not just keep it stored up for just my family and I. What good would that do for people? See the story about the talents1. As a result, there is no obstacle or any distraction that will get in my way of accepting what God told me to do. I will always get my marching orders from Him2. Thus, I will continue to press in, press on, and press through. I know positive impacts are being made as I write and I know people are being inspired and encouraged by it. Then they can do the same thing and so on and so forth.

And for that, it's a cost and a sacrifice I'm willing to make.


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Footnotes:
1. Matthew 25:14-30
2. Matthew 6:33

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