When the Chaos Clears

You’re probably familiar with the phrase “When the smoke clears” which means as according to UsingEnglish.com … “A way to say when everything’s finished and the results are seen.” This can relate to anything you’re working on or anything that will be demolished. Sometimes in life it’s easy to get distracted by what seems to be a lack of progress. The redundant tasks become boring and the increased responsibilities become taxing. Overtime, if you’re not cognizant of the work you’ve done, you will become discouraged especially if you’re looking at others who are progressing at a higher level. You can also become dissatisfied with yourself if those closest to you are not recognizing your sacrifices or achievements. While these presumptions can be easy to succumb to, there is a way that you can evaluate your progress without feeling like you’re a failure.

Go Back in Time

You can begin this step by thinking about the goals you set five or ten years ago then ask yourself these questions: 1) Is the project finished?, and 2) Where’s the evidence? If you do not have any concrete evidence of your accomplishment, then maybe it’s time for you to revisit the project where you left off or begin the project. However, if you have completed a degree program, and you have the certificate in a portfolio, you’re making progress. If you’ve cleared out a portion of your home where there was an abundance of things, you’re making progress. Finally, if you’ve paid several bills off or saved a significant portion of your income, you’re making progress. You may not be where you want to be in life, but if you’ve made some effort to move forward in some way and can actually see that you are further ahead than you were after you made the decision to make a change, you’re making progress.

John 10:10 says … “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” This verse can refer to anything that is important to you including your perception of yourself. If you’re not getting the recognition or appreciation you feel you deserve, you can begin to recognize and appreciate yourself. You don’t have to wait on anyone to set goals, and you don’t have to wait for anyone to appreciate you. Encouragement begins within. You have a mouth, and you can use it to congratulate yourself. Recognize yourself starting today by smiling in the mirror and pat yourself on the shoulder.

You may be a little behind than you’d like to be in life, but each day you have the opportunity to live, make an effort to shift your thinking from failure to achiever. Your life may be hectic with a busy schedule, but when the chaos clears, you will be able to see the rewards of your diligent work. Stay in the race and try to resist negative thoughts about yourself. If you need a little help, A Summons for Champion Strength has a Daily Scripture Fitness Plan that can keep you encouraged.