My four year old built this. It is "Dad at a lemonade stand." :-) I love it! I love the thought behind it, the dedication, the patience and perseverance it took to accomplish it. It made me think...
What am I trying to build that will take patient perseverance in my life?
- a strong marriage
- raising three children to be the individuals they were made to be
- writing encouraging blog posts and books
Most recently, having written A Place for Sam, my first children's book, I have been challenged to patiently persevere in all these areas. From being intentional to spend time with my husband and children, to overcoming obstacle after obstacle as I wrote, formatted, published, and marketed the book, there have been moments recently filled with tears and struggle. Yet as I mentioned in my last post, I can choose to let these moments fall like bricks on my shoulders weighing me down (which is very tempting) or place these obstacles beneath me to help me rise up and grow. I have been choosing the latter but it hasn't come without an internal battle. One day my Dad reflected back to me...
"Shawn, Pause. Breathe. Pray."
I know, I know! But it isn't always easy especially when obstacles can seem so large it is hard to see around them. Yet, I sit and I write these posts, not to just to talk the talk. I believe in the words I write. I know that putting them into practice has transformed my life...and will continue to if I DO them.
So rather than focusing on the obstacles I have been choosing to...
Pause. Breathe. Pray.
I refuse to give up. I will patiently persevere and when I meet an obstacle, I will choose to focus my eyes on what will help me, not what will deter me from getting where I need to go.
I hope if you have an obstacle in front of you inhibiting you from where you need to go or what you need to do, that you too choose to...
Pause. Breathe. Pray.
Stop looking at the problem and start seeking the solution. Nothing was going to stop my little guy from building this. Let's not let an obstacle stop us from building what we need to in our lives. Let us practice patient perseverance.