“Nothing is impossible. The word itself says I am Possible!” –Audrey Hepburn
Are you burnt out? Does success seem like an evasive illusion to you, always out of your grasp? Are you frustrated with forever being busy, but never fruitful? Do you say yes to everyone, constantly putting your own well being on the backburner? I was in this same place and it wasn’t until I discovered the power of putting my wellbeing first, that I achieved what I believed impossible. Read on and find out how you too can make your personal “impossible” dreams come true.
This concept of putting one’s wellbeing first seems relatively simple, yet when put into practice it can revolutionize your life. Most believe they do not have the time to put their wellbeing first. However, I learned firsthand how when applied this concept can empower someone to do the impossible.
This past May I did what so many including myself never thought possible, and I did it in a way I never would have considered. I graduated the number one HBCU, Spelman College, making Deans List first semester and Honor Roll the next and I did so in my last trimester of pregnancy the first semester, and with a new born child the next, never taking a semester off. As I walked across the stage, clad in graduation regalia I never thought I would wear alongside my class, I was in complete disbelief. Disbelief because I was graduating as a newlywed and a new mom, when so many others had told me it could not be done. What is amazing is I did not accomplish this through pulling consecutive all-nighters or running myself and family to the ground. I only was able to do it but because I learned of the unparalleled importance of putting my wellbeing (emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual health) first.
Like many I used to firmly believe that “success” could only be achieved with talent and a heap of hard work, with little to no fun or rest along the way. This couldn’t have been farther from the truth. Prior to finding out my husband and I were expecting, my wellness unfortunately had taken a back seat to academics, ministry, work, and other extracurricular activities. However with our unborn son daily developing inside of me, my health and holistic wellness now had to be top priority. No longer could I pull all-nighters, live off of subnutritional junk food and coffee, or allow myself to become stressed with each new assignment that came my way. For the first time ever, for the sake our child, I absolutely had to place my wellbeing as top priority. His innocent life literally depended upon it.
No longer was a life of consistent peace, joy, balance and rest optional for me, but an essential. Many would believe a life devoid of stress is a life without productivity—but just the opposite is true.
Stress and anxiety do not bring us to the point of working our best or hardest. In direct contrast, all that is achieved is exhaustion and burn out often coupled with the feelings of ineptness from working so hard and still not making a deadline or creating a quality end product.
It is truly in a place of rest and peace, that we are able to produce our best.
“4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.” (John 15:4)
Just as a branch cannot produce fruit without being connected with a vine, it is impossible for our lives to have any real fruit without us staying in a place of peace, joy, and abundance. Jesus Himself gave this firm and loving advice to His disciples. He knew that in their own strength (talents, intellect, wealth, resources, network, and energy), without His Spirit, they would fail miserably.
Do you know that in order for a branch to bear more fruit, it must be pruned? (John 15:2). Remarkably, focusing on a few things and doing less, produces a greater yield of success. That is exactly what I experienced my senior year of undergrad. I was pregnant with a full course load and knew something had to give and it could not be my health, sanity, or prayer life. I cut off the excess branches in my life of extracurriculars and I witnessed the impossible become a reality.
What are the excess branches in your life? It may seem very positive, but you know it needs to be cut if it is preventing you from producing real fruit.
What is the fruit you are longing to see manifested in your life? Is it a new job? A diploma? A thriving marriage? Peace of mind? Joy? Love?
Whatever it is, choose TODAY to find your place of peace and rest, cut off the branches in your life that aren’t bearing any fruit, and be amazed as you find yourself doing the impossible.
Scriptures for Mediation:
“Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.” (Philippians 4:6-7 MSG)
“God, my shepherd! I don’t need a thing. You have bedded me down in lush meadows, you find me quiet pools to drink from. True to your word, you let me catch my breath and send me in the right direction.” (Psalm 23:1-3 MSG)
“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will[a] have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”(John 16:33 NKJV)
“But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.” (Galations 5:22-24)
Please don’t hesitate to share your personal responses with the above questions in the comment section below. What “impossible situation” are you believing for breakthrough in? Let us know & we will pray for you!