I used this Image as my picture in week six blog but now it has a whole new meaning to me. Before I was thinking of it as a choice now I look at it as more of a progression. Like I am walking not down the road but across the droughted lands into the fertile. Like I am crossing a threshold everyday that may be greener and greener. This part in Og Mandino Scroll III leaped off the page for me this week as I remember this picture.
“I will toil and I will endure. I will ignore the obstacles at my feet and keep mine eyes on the goals above my head, for I know that where dry desert ends, green grass grows.”
I had a really rough week this week with a serious business disappointment that if it had turned out different it could have meant a huge advancement in my team and income. There were some feelings of ill shenanigans going on and am still dealing with some residual in processing all of it. I remember having a discussion with someone safe and not connected to the incident and after decompressing a little all I said at the end was, “I am just needing a new day to start.” It is funny how and what you put into your subby because I tossed and turned most of the night waking with anger, disappointment, grief, and a whole lot of other emotions but when I woke I felt a weight was lifted off my shoulders and a new day was born. I was able to give my junior partners hope and love for a new beginning in the situation and that was just what they needed as well.
As I had sat down to write this blog there were a few scripture passages that came to mind this week as we are learning about persisting to the finish line.
3 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
13 Brethren, I do not imagine that I have yet laid hold of it. But this one thing I do–forgetting everything which is past and stretching forward to what lies in front of me, 14 with my eyes fixed on the goal I push on to secure the prize of God’s heavenward call in Christ Jesus.
Each day I will wake with a renewed enthusiasm knowing that we must not take the past with us as a burden in going forward. With this day I will persist. I will win.
Heather, one thing is clear. Using hindsight to learn about present and future is good practice. Using the past for anything else is much riskier, and I like your strategy to leave the past behind as you move forward! 🙂
Awesome Heather! Your words have inspired me. We must dig deep into these scrolls, as they are the principles and wisdoms, which will guide us in the prevention of failure. God always has a better plan.
I thoroughly enjoyed your blog post and thus I’m going to share it on one of my social media platforms!
It was a pleasure to read!
Thank you for sharing…
I love your blog post Heather! That graphic is so perfect for that passage in Greatest Salesman – wow! I love how you are applying all three scrolls into your blog – you are establishing habits, giving love, and persisting!
A great post, Heather. Much of Scroll 3 could help you out with disappointing business events, allowing you to substitute the mindset, persist, and continue forward.
Two passage that are always so inspiring!