Happy New Year friends and family! Carla and I invite you to join us for New Year’s Eve @triSistah412LIVE on Facebook at 6PM.
At the beginning of 2017, we introduced a new theme for this year based on the scripture in the book of Mark, when Jesus asked the man at the “Pool of Bethesda”, if he wanted to be made well. We created an acronym from the word made to use as our annual theme.
When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?” John 5:6 NKJV.
Manifest|Activate| Discern |Emerge |Evolve
The question was pondered by Carla and I because we see so many people in the same situation year after year, just like the man at the pool. Not living on purpose. Looking for handouts, instead of hand-ups. And like the man at the pool, using excuses about the obstacles they face for not realizing their best life and being M. A. D. E. by the Master. So much untapped potential and untapped power.
We’ve written about the first 3 words: manifest, activate, and discern in previous posts. You can click the words above and review those posts. We hope that you enjoyed the previous posts and find the totality of this theme useful in propelling you FORWARD.
Today, I want to close out the theme with the 2 words that represent the “e”, in the acronym M.A.D.E . Evolve and Emerge. Our prayer for you this year is that you have evolved (developed gradually, matured, with progress) and that you have emerged (move out of or away from something and come into view; become apparent, important, or prominent. If you haven’t, take a look back over your life, talk with God and see what went array.
God has so much in store for us in this life and the next. Sadly, many of us leave most of our blessings and possibilities for a successful and meaningful life on the table. Never to be realized, only to be dreamed about and shared with others. What if Joseph only dreamed his dream and only shared it with his brothers? An entire nation would have been lost without Joseph’s suffering, sacrifice, favor, and ultimately his success.
Do you think that there are people waiting for you to get your life together so that you can bless them as God has ordained? Do you care that God has a calling on your life to help others heal and grow? Do you care that they are waiting?
We don’t know God’s plan for the man getting healed at the pool, because we don’t see how he blessed and helped others after he got up from his mat. What we do know is that others who witnessed him pick up his mat and walk after 38 years witnessed healing and hope. Hope that they too could be made well. Hallelujah!
People are watching you emerge as a beautiful butterfly, watching you mature spiritually and progress in your dreams and goals and you are offering them hope. People are watching and hearing about the sadness and disappointment that you have overcome. They are witnesses to you moving from obscurity to importance and prominence by remaining faithful to God’s plan and not making excuses. The work that you are doing in your life through the power of the Holy Spirit inspires and empowers them to hope again, to dream again, and to do something great for the Kingdom of God.
They see possibility in you. They see purpose in you! They see power and favor in you and they want it too!
So, no more sitting on the sidelines year after year asking why you can’t get started, why haven’t you gained any traction for a particular goal or plan, or why can’t you stay on the road to life and blessings.
You have evolved. You are not the same person you were 361 days ago. You have evolved and the world is watching! Better than that, God is watching. He is so proud!
My prayer for 2018 is that you continue on your M.A.D.E. journey and manifest everything that God has in store for you and the others he has appointed and anointed to walk, ride, and support you over the next 12 months. My prayer is that you will run full-throated and unashamed into 2018 without any fear or anxiety about your progress, success, or future. The Bible says, the steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord (Psalm 37:23). Truth is…we can’t lose!
Look out 2018, here we come!