daily devotional

You may have woke up this morning to some real overwhelming stuff. Or perhaps you woke up to nothing overwhelming, just a little underwhelming. Life’s kinda boring and you’re kinda stuck. Regardless of the overwhelm or underwhelm, recognize what you’re going through is likely a test.

Some of us are better tested by overwhelm. Will you give in and will you give up when the going gets tough? While others are better tested by underwhelm. Will you settle into what is easy and never push to get more? Where are you being tested today? Recognize each test asks a question and the question is “how bad do you want it?”

Through today’s challenge is the way to the next level. You want to graduate to the next level of living? You want to move on up in life? Pass this test. Prove you’re not giving up. Prove you’re not settling. Prove you’re no longer seeking easy. Prove YOU WANT IT BAD.

What is it you want? You want the very life you were created for. You want to live up to the potential God has placed within you. You want to enjoy life to the fullest. You want to experience more and be more.

You want it? Ahhhhh, how bad sister, how bad?

It’s pretty darn easy to trust God when everything is going your way, but it’s tough to trust him when a job is lost. It’s tough to trust him when you don’t know where you’re going to get the money to make ends meet this month. It’s tough to trust God when someone you depend on walks out of your life. But these are tests. Will you endure? Will you make it to the end? Will you be disciplined? Will you finish well?

Or the flip side of the coin. While it’s easy to trust God when everything is going your way, it’s real easy to forget you need him. Will you trust God even when you don’t have to? When life is void of crisis, will you still seek him? When today is remarkably like yesterday so you already know the routine. When you could sit on the sidelines and no one would really miss you, will you still show up? Will God still see you giving your best when your best isn’t even being put to the test?

What are you being tested in right now? Are you going to give up or persevere? What have you started that you need to finish this month? In scripture the Corinthians had made a commitment and Paul wrote to them and reminded them of that commitment.

2 Corinthians 8:11 says, “Finish what you started, carry this project through to completion just as enthusiastically as you began it.”

Maybe a few of us need that letter to arrive in our mailbox today. A reminder that says “Finish what you started. Carry this through enthusiastically.” Hey sister, what commitments have you made that you need to complete? Is there somewhere that you’re slacking or giving up? It may even be out of your control and not even feasible, but it’s still a test.

What’s the test?
How bad do you want it?

How bad do you want this month of life to be a step in the right direction? How bad do you want May 2018 to be a success instead of a failure? How bad do you want to live up to your potential in THIS MONTH? I mean really, let’s bring it home, this is about THIS MONTH, stop putting it off into the distant future where you may actually show up and follow through with what you said. If you won’t do it now, what makes you think you will do it then? May is almost over. What are you going to do about it?

Adjust your goals as needed. Yes, you have full permission to rewrite and adjust your goals and ask God to help you follow through. Do you want it bad enough to take off those ‘giving up on life pants’ and put on real clothes today? Bad enough to make a to-do list and get to work on it? Do you want it bad enough to turn off the TV, get off social media, and start doing the next right thing? Do you want it bad enough to not complain about it?

How bad do you want this BIG Life available to you? Prove it! If you’re looking for easy you’re not going to find Big Life. Living Big comes at a high cost and it’s worth every penny and every ounce of effort.

You want to feel good at the end of this day, right? That feeling only comes when paid for by your actions and attitude. You can’t charge it, it’s prepay only. Put in the work, then you get the good feeling. Today is your day to prove how bad you want it. Your answer to the question, “How bad do you want it?” should be a hearty “Bad!” How bad? “Real bad!”

Then no more talk, it’s time for action. No more settling. No more wishing things will be different next month. That’s crap. If you want something different you have to do something different and that starts today!

Your overwhelm, or your underwhelm, is simply a test. A test of how bad do you really want it.