Keep Pressing Forward

Life may knock you down through disappointments; don't stay down...

In life, you have to let go of your disappointments and let go of your failures. Move into the future that God has for you, knowing fully there's nothing you can do about past failures and disappointments. You can not change your past, but you can determine your future. If you are focused and determined, you will achieve much more in the future than you did in the past. 

God put seeds of greatness in you. Don't give up because God has not given up on you, and he will never give up on you. You are unique; there's no one in the entire universe that can offer what you can offer. God has placed in you noble dreams and desires. Don't allow adversities, disappointments, and setbacks to deter you; keep pressing forward. Don't stop stretching; don't stop believing you will rise any higher in life.

The enemy knows what's inside of you. He knows your potential, so he does everything he can to keep that seed from taking root. He doesn't want your gifts and talents to flourish. He doesn't want you to accomplish your dreams. He wants you to live an average, mediocre life. Stir up your gifts, talents, dreams, and desires; your potential within you. Maybe they are buried beneath depression and discouragement, negative voices of people telling you can't; beneath weakness; beneath failures or fears. Those gifts and potentials are still there; now you've got to do your part and start digging them out.

God wants to give you a new beginning. He wants to do a new thing. You may have had more than your share of unfair, negative experiences. Don't give up. Don't pack your bags yet. Don't go around thinking that you've reached your limits in life. God is all-powerful. He has more in store for you. The real question is: Can you accept it? It all begins with your thoughts. If your thinking is limited, then your life will be limited. God always wants to give you a fresh beginning. He still has great plans for your life. The plans will only start to come to actualization the moment you quit looking back and look forward.

Life may have knocked you down through disappointments. But whatever you do, don't stay down. Get back up again, dust yourself off. Learn to encourage yourself if you can't find anybody to encourage you. Get up in the morning, put your shoulders back, chin up, look in the mirror, and say, "I've come too far to stop now. I may be knocked down, but I'm not knocked out. I'm getting up again. I know I'm a victor, not a victim. Joel Osteen - "What happened in your past is not nearly as important as what is in your future."

Never get complacent with your situations even though they are good enough. Keep pressing. Keep believing. Don't settle for an average life because you are not made to be average; you are made to excel. You were made to make a great impact on your generation. At the start of each new day, remind yourself: "I'm talented. I'm creative. I'm greatly loved and favored by God. I am well equipped. I will see my dreams come to pass". Declare those statements by faith, and before long, you will begin to see them in reality.

Although you may have had a rough start in life, it's not how you start that counts. It's how you finish. Shake off the past; Shake off discouragement. Remind yourself that God is still in complete control of your life. Never be satisfied with your past successes. The whole world is waiting for your next achievements. You will live far below your potential even though you have many gifts and talents if you get comfortable and settle where you are. Your best is yet to come. Don't allow your life to become dull. Keep dreaming, hoping, and planning for new projects, experiences, and adventures with God. 

How do you let go of the past? First, discipline your thoughts to stop thinking about them. Quit talking about it. Quit reliving every negative experience. Joel Osteen - "Your destiny is not tied to the people who walk away from you." At one point or the other, people will leave your life. They may not be bad folks. It's just that the season for that relationship is over. You might not comprehend it, but God knows what is best for you. The person might have been holding you back. Maybe such an individual might not be a good influence.

Don't get upset when somebody leaves your life irrespective of the person. Don't try to talk them into staying. Let God lead. Have the understanding that your destiny is not tied to people who walk away from you. If you have experienced some losses or some of your dreams have died, of course, there's a proper time for grieving. But at some point, put on a fresh attitude, and start pressing forward in life. Don't let disappointment become the central theme of your life. Quit mourning over something you can't longer change. God wants to give a new beginning, but you have to let go of the old before you ever see the new. Let the door behind you close and step through the door in front of you.

A major key to pursuing your dreams and fulfilling them is staying in a healthy environment. To reach your full potential, you need to live in an environment where the seed in you can grow. You might be extremely talented and have incredible potential, but if you hang around the wrong set of people, you won't live up to your potential. If you are close friends with people who are lazy and undisciplined, people who don't have great dreams, and people who are negative and critical, they will rub off on you. Moreover, such a company will prevent you from rising any higher. You can't hang out with negative people and expect to live a positive life. 

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