Long Jumping

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Today’s Truth: “Do no despise the day of small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin.” ~Zechariah 4:10 NLT

 Long Jumping

I learned about the long-jump in elementary school. Strangely, during our unit on gymnastics, it was my absolute favorite activity.

I’d love seeing how far I could jump, desperately trying to get my heels just an inch further every time. I’d throw my arms back beside me, squat ¾ inches from the floor, put my eyes on the target of my landing and jump. And, if for some reason, I didn’t make it to the place I’d envisioned, I’d go back and continue to try. A few times keeping every motion and movement the same and other times adjusting my arms and how far I squatted, but I never took my eyes off the target.

There were times I got really tired of not landing in the tile block I was aiming towards, but there was something inside that wouldn’t let me quit until I landed in the place I saw for myself—the place I felt I belonged.

And yet with all the trying, the work, the rigor—it was still my favorite thing to do. Jump!

There’s likely a place you see for yourself—a goal you’re trying to reach, a sickness you’re determined to conquer, a debt you’re persistent to clear—something. You’re likely working really hard, jumping really far and keeping your eyes on the goal.

But sometimes, not landing in the place we envision can be disheartening. Sometimes it causes us to wonder if jumping is even worth it.

Are the bruised knees, shattered egos and narrowed path worth it?

Is finishing, landing worth it?

Is the place I see even real or better than where I stand because I seem to never reach it?

Despise not small beginnings. Try once more. Put your arms far behind you, squat deeper into your position and keep your eyes posted…no, keep your eyes locked on Jesus.

He’s worth it. What He has for us is worth it. We have to believe it. We have to know it, and we have to keep jumping, though the jump seems long.

We’re building endurance. We’ll land in the place we see ourselves if we keep going; if we keep jumping.

In Application

Don’t be afraid when you don’t nail the landing the first time. Hold on to God’s arms, get back up and try again. The Lord rejoices to see the work begin.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, jumping is so much work. It requires so much of me, but I’m willing to give it. I’m willing to keep going because you’re worth it. I ask that you help me stay committed to the course and you give me what I need to make it to the place I see for myself and the place you promise. Not getting to the place I see is hard. It’s disappointing and honestly, it’s frustrating because I feel like I’ve done so much to reach the mark—but I’m still falling short. With your supernatural strength, infinite wisdom and unfailing power, I ask that you guide my heart and mind, and I thank you that the endurance I’m building is for my good and your glory. Thank you for spirit giving me the desire to keep going, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

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My Plans Didn’t Work Out

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Today’s Truth: Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails. Proverbs 19:21 NIV

My Plans didn’t Work Out

I was sure when I graduated from college I’d go on to become an attorney, specifically working in patent law. I’d spent time researching the career path I wanted to pursue and how everything would line up. But one day, I checked my campus mail and there was a letter asking me to meet a recruiter to join an organization that promotes educational equity for children in low income communities.

My first reaction was very dismissive. I put the letter in the trash and didn’t think much more about it.

A few months later, I got another letter and phone call from a great friend who shared how impactful the program was, how fulfilled he felt as a teacher and how meaningful the work truly was for students. “You can do it. It’s a short commitment.”

Thinking of the opportunity, I met with the recruiter and applied for the program on the last day of the deadline. A few weeks later, I was accepted and my journey as an educator began.

There were moments I questioned my choice to choose a different route because it completely went against my plans.

This new plan was less money, more work, and I actually didn’t feel prepared because I was not earning a degree in, nor had I taken any education classes.

This plan didn’t make much sense at all, yet with all those factors, something about it felt absolutely right.

Today, I look back at the plans I had, and I’m so thankful they didn’t work out. Truthfully, I look back at the course the new plan has taken and I’m thankful for every part of the journey.

I’ve learned to trust God not just when I need or want something to happen, but I’ve learned to trust His timing, His decisions and His ways.

I’ve become comfortable with things not always going the way I planned because I know everything is working together for my good—even when it doesn’t feel good.

I’ve learned to be content—no matter the state because it’s truly God’s strength keeping me no matter where I am.

The new plan has led me to an unexpected end God had for me.

What if I decided not to listen? What if I went again the Holy Spirit telling me to push my fear, my pride and my preconceived opinions to the side and pursue something different?

Trust God’s plan for your life. Every day is not easy, all the paths don’t seem smooth, but God is working all things together for your good. You are His plan, your life is His business and He is navigating things for your good.

I’m so thankful the plan I had didn’t work out. I can’t imagine life without teaching, coaching teachers, blogging on Jotting Truth, coaching teenage girls through Jossalyn’s Journey or impacting women through Passion and Truth Coaching.

My plans didn’t work out, but it’s best disappointment yet.

In Application

Trust God’s plan, your plans don’t even compare.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank you for having a plan for me. Forgive me for times I’ve gotten in the way with my “my way has to be better” attitude. While I didn’t see at the time, how you were arranging, readjusting and altering the path for my good, I get it now. I trust what you’re doing and how you’re doing it. Admittedly, I don’t always agree, but I’m so glad you don’t give in to my whining and complaining. I trust your work in my life, the journey I’m on with you and the place we will end, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

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