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THE YCEO: Smile While Getting Unstuck

One thing I know about being stuck is that it does not feel good. No one gets butterflies in their stomach whenever they think about working on the unattractive parts of themselves. These are the parts of ourselves that we DO NOT want others to know or speak about. There are issues that we deal with on a daily basis that keep us humbled. I use the word “we” because I am included.

Getting unstuck is more of a process than an event. I learned this lesson when I was a child. I remember attending church services and seeing the same people in the prayer lines for the same thing. This was especially true during revivals. I’m not saying it’s wrong to get in the prayer line. I sincerely believe in the power of prayer but I also believe in the application of wisdom.

Sprinkle the Fairy Dust
Because of God’s infinite power, we often expect for Him to wave a magic wand and make all of our insecurities, bad habits, and other problems disappear. I’m not even going to lie to you. That would be a lot easier on us. However, if that was the way things worked we would never learn anything.

As a matter of fact, when the children of Israel first heard that they were going to be free, in their minds they were like (to the guards), “You go tell Pharaoh to make his own bricks… what he think this is?” But, the moment they found out it was going to be a process they changed to, “Hey Moses, why don’t you go find some animals or something to lead….. we were just fine until you brought your nosy tail around here.”

The Comfort Zone
We often make reference and point fingers at them for the way they behaved but many of us behave the same way. We have become some comfortable where we are in life even though we know the place we are has not been working for us. I’m not referring to anything material. I am, however, referring to the reason you can’t sleep at night. Let’s talk about the reason you toss and turn and it seems like you can never have any peace in your life. Your heart is heavy and it has been that way for some time now. You’ve been mommy-ing, daddy-ing, working, pastoring, ushering, and every other kind of “ing” in a broken state.

The more I think about it, and the older I get, I come to realize that God knows exactly what He is doing. Even though we have our faults, He loves us as though we are at our best. He does not throw us away because we are damaged goods.

Now, let’s return back to the children of Israel. We often talk about their trip to the Promised Land but I want to focus on their trip to the Red Sea. They started with enslaved minds and had to walk to the sea. We all know that God split the sea for them but they had to walk to get there. In other words, they had to put their left in front of their right to get to the place where God could perform a miracle. No one could split the sea for them but God. However, putting their left in front of their right was something they could do on their own.

In this same manner, God expects you, I, us, and we to do the same thing. Some of us have been stuck for years. We have been feeding our minds with negativity while rehearsing over and over again how we were mistreated.

Your Season
I’m about to say something that’s not prophetic but it’s said in the spirit of wisdom. This Is Your Season! This season you will step out of your comfort zone and learn new things. God has an appointed time for certain great things to happen in your life that is out of your control but I declare unto you that your season begins the moment you make the commitment to thinking right thoughts!

Remember, we’re not talking about it being your season for your new this and your new that. I’m talking about stepping out of those old mindsets and behaviors, bad habits, negative thinking, and every other unfavorable way that has been holding you back. This is the season you get unstuck. As a matter of fact, God wants you to smile while getting unstuck!

Derron E. Short

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