We have just finished a great vacation on the lovely island of Hilton Head. It was a time for rest and relaxation and time to be together with two of our daughters. On this holiday, there was a phrase that continued with me to the end of the vacation time : " Be loud and proud". My wonderful American friends are amazing with their courage, their patronage and their overwhelming sense of strength in their united citizenship. As a Canadian, we are not quite as public about our heritage, our pride and the community that we form. If I were to take this one level deeper, I do not think we are even as vocal and open about who we are as community of those who call themselves Christ Followers. I admire how open, and easily a believer in the United States of America shares their deep faith and love for the Lord. I am saddened to think that Canadians do not have the same openness to share their beliefs. If the conversation rolls around to our faith, or convictions, I have noticed we hesitate or leak out tidbits of information almost to hide what is the rock of our lives. Oh how we need to step up to the plate and take notice of our brothers and sisters and "be loud and proud". May we NEVER be reluctant to say what we believe, and how we have so much to be thankful for and why.
During the past few weeks, our American friends have travelled through adversity beyond words with the loss of lives in Boston and Texas and so many have life long injuries as reminders. They will rise up and the Lord who has observed it all will be their source of strength in the days ahead. May we always invite him into the smallest and biggest of details in our lives. May we always be loud and proud about what we believe and why we know we can move forward with unshakable faith.
My prayer as a daughter of the King, is that I will always be loud and proud to share my faith. May I always be listening to the nudges of the Holy Spirit when the opportunity to share my story happens in the moment. I am so thankful for the life he has given me, the privilege to serve him and I ask that you do the same..... It is time for us all
My home town is the birthplace of the Blackberry. As I was driving down one of the streets where many of the office buildings share the namesake Blackberry, I noticed a shadow behind the new signage. You see on a stucco building it is very hard to remove the previous name, and in this case the RIM logo was still very evident behind the new Blackberry logo. It will probably be there indefinitely since to remove it would mean refacing the buildings with new stucco and I doubt that is in the budget. It made me think of how you can take away the name, but the remnants of the past are still in behind the present and future changes.
Some time ago I heard a teaching from Andy Stanley and he had a a quote that has stuck in my mind, " The present will soon become the past, and the past will always shape the future". How true that statement is today and always will be.
Shadows of the past are not necessarily negative and the most productive way to view your past is to learn from it and use those lessons to shape the future. If past failures keep you fearful and afraid to move foward, then it is time to recognize the past, evaluate what is true and then use the truthful analysis to shape a postive future. We were not created to be beings of the past, stuck in the present, clinging to memories or "what ifs" but instead we were created to be purposeful, focused and intentional about how we live.
The past can be painful or it may have been denied, or stuffed back into a small compartment in your mind never to be opened again. The past needs to be acknowledged to create a healthy future and unless it is opened and surrendered then it will leave scar tissue that will never heal.
When we learn from our mistakes, and everyone has made them, then we are so much more productive in the future.
From a leadership perspective it is good to review what was taking place in the past, what was good, was redundant, and what needs to change. When leading an organization through change the leadership needs to look at the shadows of the past and review how it shaped the emotions that are tied to future decisions. Resistance to change is usually tied to an emotional attachment ot the past. To plan a future with intentionality takes time, planning and an inward evaluation of what has brought you to this place.
How resistant are you to change? Do you cling to the past, wishing for what was? That was then, this is now and what will be next is based on your emotional barometer for moving forward. It is time to step back and take inventory of your emotional, spiritual and physical self. Look at the remnants of the past, and use them to shape an incredible future!
I am a Life Coach living in Canada. I enjoy helping people create an awareness of their strengths, their dreams and possibilties.