PERSEVERANCE – Persist in pursuing your vision with a sense of wonder and adventure

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SCRIPTURE:  “Then Job answered the Lord and said:  ‘I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.’”  –  Job 42:2 – ESV

TURNING POINT:

I have always enjoyed going to the movies with my children.  Several years ago, my daughter Emily and I thoroughly enjoyed Jerry Bruckheimer’s Alice In Wonderland.  I was impressed by Alice’s determination and perseverance.  It wasn’t just her ability to focus on and stick with the task before her, it was her refusal to let others divert her from her path.  Alice responded to more that one person’s suggestion that she be or do something specific.  She said, “this is my dream!”  She had an inner knowing, a sixth sense if you like, that she was in charge, and what she did or did not do had to be her choice.  Even in the beginning, before there was any talk of destiny, Alice approached each new situation with a wonder.  She was willing to try the little bottle labeled “Drink me,” and eat the cake to grow big again – quite brave really!

There are two things I think attributed to Alice’s ability to persevere:  1) taking responsibility for her life, and 2) her sense of adventure.  Both of these key components to making Higher Choices are Turning Point topics:  Free Choice and Life Is An Adventure.

In my book, The Higher Choices Compass, the Ask, Seek, Knock (A.S.K.) process tells you that you must keep at it and hang tough to truly test the ideas you receive from the Holy Spirit, to see and embrace them as your truth.  Alice did not quit and she did not let others’ ideas of the vision color her intension.  You must persevere to know God’s will.  Perseverance requires that you be willing to wait when you are uncertain about how, where, or why.

Job knew that God’s plans cannot be thwarted.  Have faith that God can do all the things to help you realize your vision.  By persevering and taking the next step, your ”wonderland” will be revealed.

“Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit”  — e.e. cummings

A.S.K. (the Higher Choices Process)

 

Ask – questions to discover the direction God would suggest you take.

1. Do you ever feel lost in your own dream or vision?  If so, what could be the reason?
2. How do you think your choices interact and cooperate with God’s plan?
3. Where can an increased sense of wonder and adventure help you persevere?
Seek – ideas on choices that will take you further along your higher path.
Knock – truth embraced through practice and persistence; abiding.

 

 

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