"I searched all over/couldn't find nobody/looked high and low/still couldn't find no body/nobody greater/nobody greater/nobody greater than you..."
VaShawn Mitchell sings these lyrics as an affirmation of God's goodness. Take a leap with me and consider the possibility of Spirit singing these lyrics about you to you.
Sojourner, accepting this truth will propel you forward beyond any and all obstructions: there is no one born or to come who can do the work you are purposed to do. No one is greater than you! There is no one born or to come who can provide the life, light, and love that you are intended to provide. No one is greater than you! There is no one born or to come who is capable of completing your idea, fulfilling your dream, and birthing your best. There is nobody greater than you!
Only you are equipped to do your work. Now go forth in liberation and in full pursuit!
VaShawn Mitchell: Nobody Greater
What you see is not necessarily all that you will get. Sojourners, unlike a printed contract, the clauses and small print requirements of our collective and individual destiny are not readily available when you sign on the dotted surrender line. If you knew all of the resistance and turmoil you would experience, you might hesitate to take the initial risk. If you knew all of the rewards waiting for you, you may try to rush the process so that you can get to the “good stuff.”
Believing beyond your sight requires a level of commitment that is not contingent upon success and not diminished by failures. This way of believing is rooted and grounded in an unwavering allegiance to authenticity and sustained growth.
Toss out the binoculars, step down off the ladder, and stop bothering other folk to spill the proverbial “did you make it over there” beans. Your journey is your own. No one will encounter the path exactly as you encounter it. Your experience is universal yet particular at the same time. Choose to believe beyond your sight and trust that all that you will ever need is living within you!
In every journal that I own, there are pages filled with dreams and ideas. Alongside each dream is an age that indicates when I want to accomplish each goal. For example, beside PhD is the age 30. I am 30 right now and I am not enrolled in a doctoral program.
Writing your vision for your life brings clarity. Choosing to be specific about what you want to accomplish is the only way to give birth to all of your intentions. However, do not grip your original timeframes. Your life is not happening in a vacuum. There are variables you cannot consider until they happen. There are situations you cannot plan for until you are in the midst of it all. Do not freak out! Your goals, regardless of your age and original time stipulation, are still possible.
Sojourner, this life is a process that includes unpredictable and unforeseeable challenges. Honor your Soul by granting yourself permission to pursue your dreams without the pressure of finality. Accept fluidity as an essential dimension of growth and development. This conscious choice liberates you to live abundantly as you seek to fulfill your own words concerning you.
Brace yourself for the sounds you are about to produce. Say this with me as loudly as you can, “I AM GOING TO FAIL!” say it one more time “I AM GOING TO FAIL!” Now sit with this confession. You will fail many times. There are ideas you will seek to birth and they will dissolve right before your eyes. Sojourner, accept today that failing does not make you a failure. Acknowledge that you were not intended to be perfect and embrace the process of becoming which includes failing.
When things do not work out according to your original plans, stay present and remain persistent because what dissolved before your eyes can morph into what is necessary for you and the broader community. As an undergraduate nearing the end of my college journey, I enrolled in a pottery class. In the corner of the classroom, there was a heap of discarded clay pieces. Some of the pieces were whole, others shattered, and others chipped. Every so often our teacher would go over to the heap of forgotten dreams, pull out a piece, and use it to sculpt something new on the wheel. The shards of broken hopes were used to trim away excess clay. The pieces left behind were used as inspiration and co-creators of some of the most beautiful vases I have ever seen.
Whatever is not working now is a seed for what will surely come later. Failure is not an impeachment of your genius. Failure is an invitation to go deeper, think broader, and work harder.
Now say this with me even louder: “I succeed even though an idea fails to unfold how I thought it would!” One more time: “I succeed even though an idea fails to unfold how I thought it would!”
Your vision and dreams require abilities and gifts that you do not embody. There are tasks that you cannot complete. Do not abandon your goals because of what you can’t do. Believe beyond I can’t and focus on all that you can do. Look for the gifts, abilities, and resources that you lack in the people around you. Believe beyond I can’t and know that with the assistance of others you should, you will, and you can!
Say it with me: “I should. I will. I can.” now go forth and create so that you can proclaim “I Did!!!”
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