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In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins; not through strength, but through perseverance.
We have a choice that has been set before us. We can either be victims who are overwhelmed by the circumstances of our lives or we can be victors who triumphantly overcome in every context of life. Regardless of the hand that you were forced to play I want you to emphatically proclaim “Better is Before Me” and allow that to serve as the impetus behind your perception of yourself.
The new paradigm and concept for effective living centers on collaboration. The Lone Ranger mode of life is no longer relevant. Collaboration is the new normal. If we are going to successfully navigate the demands of life we must renovate our attitudes concerning collective engagement. Simply put…we are BETTER together!
Nehemiah represents an excellent example of life in a collaborative context. The story of Nehemiah begins with many of the Jews having returned from Babylonian captivity. God had been faithful to His promise to return them to Jerusalem but the city was still a far cry from its former glory. A group of returning Jews had rebuilt the temple 12 years prior to Nehemiah’s involvement but the walls of the city had not been rebuilt leaving Jerusalem vulnerable to enemy raiders. When word of the condition of Jerusalem and its inhabitants came to Nehemiah, who was still serving as the cupbearer to King Artaxerxes of Persia, he was greatly burdened to see the walls of the city of Jerusalem rebuilt. Through Divine Providence he received permission to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem from the King of Persia and set out to Jerusalem to oversee the rebuilding effort.
“If you’re not a full-time missionary with a missionary badge pinned on your coat, now is the time to paint one on your heart.”
Did you know that we are all called to be missionaries every day? The average person has a mental construct of missionary work being abroad in the jungles of some third-world country replete with sleeping on dirt floors, eating little to no food, and keeping an eye out for wild animals with whom you may temporarily share living quarters. Let me challenge you, however, to actively renovate your paradigm concerning the work of the missionary. The work of the missionary, in the life of the believer, can occur in everyday circumstances. This is what I call being an “Everyday Missionary”.
As human beings we were created with the innate need for connection. There is an inherent interdependency that is wired into our DNA that makes connection essential. It is critically important that we connect with the right people. This is especially true for those of us who are seeking a BETTER life because those to whom we connect can either further our vision or hinder it. Practically, the DOT has the premise in place where the requirement for riding in the HOV lane means you must have a person in the car with you. You can’t have access to the HOV lane without another person in the car. In some scenarios in order to have access to BETTER you must be strategically aligned with another person. One of the main paths that we take toward a BETTER life is through our strategic connections!