Despite The Resistance, Be Consistent. Lesson 16 of 40
I have been so committed to writing these blog posts and recording YouTube videos. You must understand, while you may be blessed by reading my thoughts and watching my animated self on YouTube, this little “project” is more for me than it is for you. I have struggled with being consistent, I have often struggled with following through on what God has placed on my heart. I second guess the call on my life and at times have been a poor steward of the gifts He has given me. This time around, by God’s grace, I was determined to have this be a different experience. I was determined to follow through to the 40th day. Unlike previous times, I was not going to abandon the journey midway through. I was on a roll! But then resistance came on the 15th day. The YouTube video was recorded, edited and ready to be uploaded. But there was one minor problem, YouTube would not let me upload the video. I did so many different things to troubleshoot and NOTHING worked. NADA!! The problem is still not resolved, but I won’t give up!
Then came the thoughts, “is it even worth it, should I just stop posting and passively sit by and wait for this issue to be resolved?” The temptation was there to just give in to defeat and become upset that my little journey was not going as planned and that it was not perfect.
This is not the first time that I have encountered issues when pursuing what God has placed on my heart. Last year, my fairly NEW laptop crashed, and I lost most of the material that was to be the content of my first book. To say I was crushed is an understatement. I was so hurt and frustrated and after trying without success to retrieve my material, I slowly retreated from writing and accepted defeat.
But as I type these words, the lesson I want to share is that yes, obstacles will come but I shouldn’t stop. The show must go on! I will pursue what God has called me to. Even with the obstacles, even if I don’t get the results I expect, even if I get frustrated. I will remain faithful to the task. Why? Because God told me to and His grace is sufficient even when I am frustrated and don’t feel like hurdling over any obstacles.
How about you, have you stopped pursuing purpose because of the obstacles. I dare you to get up, dust yourself off, and go after it, even if is not perfect!
1 Corinthians 15:58
So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.
Update: I’m still unable to upload my edited videos to You tube but decided to go live on YouTube and capture the video that way. It’s not the best quality, but as I have said before, I’m done waiting for perfect!
About the Author
Hello there! I am Anika and I am definitely one of those. Passion oozes from every fiber of my being. I love to love. Sounds cheesy, I know, but I already told you that I am one of those kinds of people. Read on to find out some more interesting facts about me… 1. I love me some Jesus. I love to testify and if you hang around me long enough you may hear me bragging on the awesomeness of God, like how • He gave me a house I couldn't afford • Healed two of my children • Gave me a yes when I wanted to say no 2. I married a younger man…OK, not really. I was 23 while he was 22. My birthday is in April and his in August, but it’s our running joke. Nevertheless, after 13 years of marriage, I happen to love him deeply, and it still makes for a great story. 3. I have experienced the pain of two miscarriages and the joy of delivering 6 children (3 boys and 3 girls). I have both a bachelors and masters degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in Early Childhood Education, which I put to good use staying home with the kiddos. 4. I attend an awesome church where my husband is the Assistant Pastor. I am also a part of a not for profit organization that encourages women to walk in their God given purpose. 5. I am addicted to prayer. 6. I am considered nice by most, definitely extreme by design. I am politically incorrect. 7. I take the scenic route when telling a story, but I promise if you hang on long enough, I eventually get to the punch line. 8. I have great ideas but I sometimes procrastinate. Jesus and I are working on that one. 9. I am guilty of overthinking things (refer to number 8). 10. I am originally from Jamaica. Surprise…sunshine and coconuts are two of my favorite things. 11. I subscribe to the Paleo Diet and actually did a round of Whole 30. 12. I love to experiment in the kitchen. 13. I make an absolute mess when I cook. I try to clean as I go but get distracted with cooking. Go figure. (My family doesn't always enjoy my cooking but I make them eat it anyway.) 14. I love people and enjoy talking to them—even the weird ones. I tried being otherwise but found it doesn't suit me well, so I'm learning to be okay with being me. 15. I have traction alopecia and wear wigs and am crazy enough to believe God for restoring my hair follicles even though the doctors have said otherwise. 16. A movie is considered good only if it makes me cry...more than once. Sound of Music happens to be my all time favorite. 17. I really wish I sang well. I really don't. 18. Telling people about Jesus is my favorite past time. And if I'm not talking about Him, I'm talking about my family or some random health fact I learned on Google. 19. I love redemption stories and happy endings, that’s why I said yes to Jesus. Feel like you know me a little more? Well good! Please continue to stop by my little corner of cyber world. And do leave a comment. Remember I love to talk to people!