It is a major event in peoples lives. For some, it is surviving tragic events, cancer, other illnesses, or the loss of loved ones. For others, it is surviving struggles with physical, mental and emotional impairments. Then there are those that are surviving daily challenges in life such as unemployment, loss of income or barely making it, having a place to live, taking care of and feeding a family, staying healthy and surviving what the world throws at them.
Surviving is deep-seated in each person that takes a lot of effort, willpower, fear, desire, strength that you did not know that you even had, and a willingness to face and overcome something that is far bigger than you.
Being a survivor is much more than winning; it is the beginning of a new journey in your life. It changes your life forever and opens your mind, heart and spirit to the blessings in life that we take for granted everyday and a side of yourself that you may not even realize existed. It humbles you, teaches you lessons, and makes you stronger than you have ever been. Own it! You deserve it!
Being a survivor is one of the greatest blessings and gifts that is given to us.
Isaiah 26:3 NIV You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.
The “Eye on the Prize” is a wonderful term. One that is used by athletes, motivationalists, coaches, teachers, and more. Though it is used as a term associated with winning or success, it is far deeper than that. It is beyond a trophy, an award, or achievement.
It is about focus, direction, determination, will power, feelings, strength, a positive attitude, achievement, a driving source deep inside, or a spiritual desire. The prize can be about raising your children, a graduating child, a wish, a dream, creating a happy home, a new job, helping someone, overcoming adversity, or a servere illness. It can be something simple or more complex, and anything that you want bad enough to strive for, desire and want for yourself or for others.
The prize is knowing you did everything you could or were led to do, to the best of your ability and feeling the overwhelming peace, satisfaction and excitement of obtaining the prize.
Let your “Eye on the Prize” be a beautiful experience and journey filled with excitement and joy.
Philippians 3:14 NIV I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
Images of the mind leave a lasting impact on our lives. Often they will revisit us in our thoughts and dreams because of things we have seen or things that were said to create these images in our minds.
There are pleasant ones that bring excitement, joy, and contentment, and some that bring pain that lasts forever. Some images are from things that are out of our control. Then there are others that we have control over.
Be choosey with the images that fill your mind. Those images you carry will stay with you for a long time.
Let your thoughts and dreams be of a happy life that will carry you over the bridges of sorrow.
Time is a valuable commodity. It slips always from us quickly, escapes us completely and leaves without notice, never to be regained again. Time is a very precious thing not to be taken lightly. It is meant to be appreciated, embraced, cherished and used wisely before it is gone.