I am very privileged to have on this journey this year. I have decided to be part of your success story in 2014. How I want to do that is by sharing weekly success reflections with you every Monday. I believe his will propel you to maximize your week as you start every first day of the work days with a dose of reflections. I feel strongly that if we continue together, we will end the year in a grand style and move on to dimensions and heights where our lives will be so blessed that we become blessings to our generation. So, welcome on board and have fun.
So, on this first day of success reflections, I want us to start with the issue of baggage. I am sure you entered into 2014 with gifts from friends and family during the 2013 holiday periods. I am sure you were excited about them. But there is one more thing. And that is what you do not need to bring along with you from 2013 into this year. They are called baggage. What baggage are you carrying with you into 2014? That is what will weigh you done and slow your pace to purpose, destiny and success in 2014. Remember the word of God tells us to ‘lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us’ (Hebrew 12:1). It is important to note that though the weight may not be a sin but it is something heavy that will surely slow down your pace to destiny.
Baggage blurs your vision (that which you are supposed to see so you can take delivery of your call and purpose). Baggage can come from the following:
1. From you – your own secrets and unconfessed sins
2. From trusted friends – disappointments and rejections received from them that we fail to forgive and forget
3. From loved ones – talking down on you and lack of love from them
4. From us to others – hurting people through our ways/attitudes and then failing to forgive ourselves for doing so.
But God takes them all from us if we come to him so he can give us rest.Jesus said ‘Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest’ (Matthew 11:28). Here, the Lord offers to relieve the weight that we carry through the agency of His rest. Do not take any baggage from 2013 to 2014. Let them all go so you can live free in 2014. Living free is the key to joy and happiness and with these in your life, you can actually live more fulfilled because they bring zest and energy to your everyday living.
There is one way to being free but it has three steps to reaching it. That one way is forgiveness. But the:
The first step is asking God for forgiveness,
The second is forgiving yourself,
The third is forgiving others.
I want you to bow your head wherever you are and pray for God’s forgiveness. After that, forgive yourself and forgive those you are holding back in your heart. If you do these, you will feel a relief from every baggage and you will feel free to fly in 2014 to the promises and blessing that the Lord has for you this year.
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