Gaining Momentum

Written by me on:  Sunday, Decemeber 6, 2009

Yesterday I came across an old paper.  It was a worksheet from a small church group activity.  The author of the paper is unknown but they say “[i]t is crucial to experience personal momentum.  The key to personal momentum is a willingness to prepare.

I am usually unprepared, yet I often wonder why I have trouble gaining momentum in my life.  Small tasks seam overwhelming, simple things are difficult.  In my heart I have the desire to have success.  The kind where you can look at your life and be satisfied, whether in poverty, or in riches.  Also written on this paper I rediscovered was that, “momentum dies in life when we allow people, circumstances, or the past to author our lives instead of choosing to decide our own direction.

To many times I look into my past to measure my ability to succeed in the future, and at that moment I give up.  This is the single greatest source of my frustration.  One of my good friends came to me one day and told me that if I drove my truck the way I live my life, constantly looking in the rear view mirror, I would have a wreck every time I drove.  It is true.  Almost everyday I set out with great plans but as soon as I allow my old thoughts and past performance to creep to the surface, I am instantly derailed.  My day is over and nothing else gets done.

So I consider the present moment and how I will proceed.  I have to shift my focus to the Lord.  Only through His power do I have hope.  He has given me what is necessary to succeed but I do not use it.  I believe that the reason I struggle is because I have not prepared myself to stand against satan who opposes every good thing.

So here is what the Word says:

“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.  Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles (deceit, traps, and enticements) of the devil.  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.  Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”

God gives us the battle armor to go out and wage war with the enemy but we do not take it.  Who goes to battle and leaves their armor behind?  I do all the time!  Desiring more success, I shall try to remember my armor.  I will go out into the field of battle prepared, well guarded and well armed to fight.

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