This question requires some serious thought. You can’t answer it on a whim.
There are some things that seem impossible to accomplish, but that’s the narrative we keep telling ourselves. Once we change the narrative, we can get down to making it our reality! And how do you suppose that will feel?
When I started this year, making it my year of reflective possibility, I had no idea that we would be in the midst of a pandemic for most of the year. I must say, it has allowed for lots of time to reflect on what is possible.
What is reflective possibility? This is the term I use to further define the realm of possibility I want to pursue every single day. Reflective possibility is actively and purposefully contemplating what could be done. . . or what could exist. . . every day.
Grab a cup of hot coffee or your favorite herbal tea.
Sit in the most comfortable chair you can find.
And think. Better yet, imagine.
What is possible for you?
And what if it happens just as God promised it would?
What would you see? What would you taste? How would you feel?
How would it change your life for the better? What would you have then that you don’t have now? How would the reality of this possibility glorify God?
You see I believe tremendous fulfillment is at the crossroads of God’s plan for us and our obedience to it. It is waking up every day doing exactly what you love because God said it was precisely the thing He created you to do.
As you sit down to discover what is possible, here are five (5) things you must know to get beyond the limitations of 2020 and move forward in purpose:
1. Possibility is connected to purpose. What’s possible is contingent upon God’s plan for your life. This plan for your life was created long before you were born (Eph, 1:11-12; 2:10). Read God’s Word daily and watch His plan and purpose for you unfold (Psalm 1). Not only will you discover what it is, but the possibilities that lie within His plan for you begin to blossom like a beautiful spring flower. It cannot be rushed. As the psalmist reminds us, it’s daily.
2. Possibility is the result of prayer. Prayer is communication with God. We speak to God, and God speaks to us. It’s two-fold. In prayer, God gives us direction and guidance that may not be found explicitly in His Word. He gives us the fine details . . . the how-to, if you will, of the possibility. There we learn how to carry out His will in the realm of His plan for us (Luke 6:12-13).
3. Possibility is revealed in priorities. Once we are in firm agreement with what is possible, we must establish conducive priorities. To say that it is possible to write a book and never spend any time writing is a misalignment of priorities. To say that it is possible to save 10% of your income this year and never cut spending is a misjudgment of priorities. Picture a triangle. At the top of the triangle is a peak. The peak is the possibility that God has given you. Everything within the triangle must be associated with and prioritized according to the peak possibility. This keeps us from taking on random assignments that add no value to what is possible for the remainder of this year . . . and the years to come. Priorities are derived from purpose and are grounded in prayer (Mark 1:35-39).
4. Possibility is better in partnerships. It’s a wonderful thing to be able to share possibilities with others. It’s also wonderful to include them on the practical means of making the possibility a reality. This is not feasible in all cases. Everyone will not be excited about your possibility, even if outwardly they appear to be. Use discernment in this area. Nevertheless, possibility is better when you have someone else to imagine with you . . . and to hold you accountable for fulfilling your purpose, being diligent in prayer, and adhering to right priorities. Accountability can have a negative connotation, but in the most positive sense, holding someone accountable is to help them to be successful at whatever they set out to do. Now, who doesn’t need that? Peter did (Gal. 2:11-12).
5. Possibility is pursuant to perseverance. We cannot give up! What will 2021 look like for you? You can begin creating what you want right now. “According to U.S. News and World Report, 80 percent of New Year’s resolutions fail by February.” It’s a good thing we are not making a resolution, but we are moving forward according to the firm possibility in Christ. Even with that, we may have some setbacks and staggering moments. But we must view those moments with an eternal perspective and keep it moving! Paul did (2 Cor. 4:8-12).
Reframe your thinking! It is possible. Take hold of the possibilities that lie within the purpose for which you were created.
Live your purpose to the fullest! If 2020 has been a hard space for you so far, please know that there is more to this new decade than the year 2020.
“[And] nothing shall be impossible” (Luke 1:37).
What’s your reflective possibility? What is your purpose? Are you living it? Do you have the passion to drive the purpose?
What should I do now?
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