2016. Go big or go home.
I’m enjoying the last evening of 2015 in my pajamas, watching Andy Griffith, and eating anything that ain’t nailed down. I love the fresh start feeling of the New Year. It motivates me to do things I’ve put off all year, like wiping the hair and dried toothpaste out of my bathroom cabinet drawers and deleting 800 duplicate and blurry pictures off my phone. As I scrolled through 2015’s pictures, I was blown away by the adventures Jon and I have had!! Dang it’s been a heck of a year! I’ve learned a couple of things this year, and I want to take what I’ve learned into 2016 and hopefully grow from it. Maybe you can get something from it too. If not, I reckon you can just continue to think I’m a lunatic. It’s cool.
- I’m not afraid of failing. I’m afraid of succeeding. If I fail, it’s like, ok, well that didn’t work out. So that’s the end of that. But if I succeed….I have to produce results… A lot of results, and quitting isn’t an option. Plus, people talk about you. People watch you. People want from you. That’s a lot of pressure. It kinda makes me wonder if that’s why so many times God’s people hold back from using their gifts to the fullest potential. Maybe a little above average is so comfortable, folks just snuggle up and stay there. I don’t want to give in to that comfortable place of just a little above average. Even though it can be hard, I am not going to be afraid of succeeding.
- Most miracles happen in slow motion. Really slow motion. In fact, miracles happen in such slow motion that we dismiss them as miracles at all. When we read the Bible, we are in awe of the miracles that God performs, but He is the same miracle worker today! If someone was to write a story about my 38 years so far in a few chapters, and you read it in a condensed version, it would blow your mind! The same goes for you. God is moving and working out miracles in your life. Big ones. Don’t dismiss them just because they are years in the making.
- I have held on to the same bull crap fears and insecurities most of my adult life. I cling to them like a life preserver in a raging sea. Every new difficult situation I enter, I think, “This is impossible…I’m not good enough… This is too hard…” But you know what? In all my 38 years God ain’t let me down yet. It’s time to stop the madness and practice what I preach! If you hang on to all of your fears and insecurities, then you ain’t growing a bit, and I want to grow. I’m going to let all that mess go and trust God. Like for real. Not just say I trust God.
Many new wonderful adventures await us in 2016. Haley and I have been working on several projects including a little jewel called Truth in Two. Two minutes of biblical truth in good ol’ plain country girl talk. It’s harder than I thought! That dang camera just stares at you. It doesn’t laugh when you’re funny or anything… It’s definitely been a step out of my comfort zone, but isn’t that what it’s all about?? Y’all check it out on Facebook and YouTube. In this new year, I challenge you to go big or go home! Dream big. Pray big. Believe big. If you are here, you have job to do…. Now get to it!!