What will you give up?

What will you give up?

“…Get up! He is calling for you.” Throwing off his cloak, Bartimaueus jumped up and came to Jesus. -Mark 10:49-50


Typically, we all have desires, goals, or visions of a preferred future. This is usually not limited to areas such as career, relationship, finance, spirituality, physical or emotional health, or personal development. While some of us look up to and attempt to emulate people we consider successful in our area of need or expertise, others consciously or unconsciously are envious of these individuals. Resentment beclouds their judgment making them unwilling to sacrifice or give up ‘something’ to obtain their desired life or lifestyle. They fail to answer the golden question, “What type of ‘me’ do I need to be or what part of me do I need to change to achieve the goal I much desire?”

It does not matter what position you are in now. What begs the question is what you are willing to give up to get up. Are you willing to reprioritize your time, energy, and resources towards the achievement of what is relevant, meaningful, and fulfilling to you? Do you recognise that you are God’s masterpiece, created anew in Christ Jesus so you can do the good things He planned for you a long time ago (Ephesians 2:10)? Do you realise that you have access to the same divine Godhead and resources that great individuals avail themselves of? Can you take the ‘cloak’ off your mind and truly approach the One who has come that you may have life, and have it in all its fullness?

Are you willing to reprioritize your time, energy, and resources towards the achievement of what is relevant, meaningful, and fulfilling to you?

If you will, I applaud your desire to get up, however, you need to follow this up with a corresponding action (and not just an action plan). Consider what you currently spend your time, money, and energy on. Can you account for how you manage your resources in a way that justify you truly want to live a life of impact?

I want you to begin to pay attention to the things that may conflict with working and staying committed to your vision and goals. If you are a working mother and a mature-age student (typically under immense academic pressure) for instance, you may discover that now may not be the best time to plan to attend the gym four days a week in order to get a well-toned body. “But some people do this,” you retort. It is important you realise that there may exist other support available to them that you are oblivious of. Therefore, rather than be unrealistic with the four days a week intention, you should consider starting with an actionable one day a week.

Another reason you may be behind on working on your goals is that you leave truly important things unattended to. Or is it that you are sacrificing what is important at the altar of what is urgent? Author Stephen Covey, defines important activities as those whose outcomes lead to the achievement of your goals whether personal or professional. He adds that urgent activities, conversely, are ones that demand immediate attention, and are often associated with the achievement of someone else’s goals. Most things in our life start out as important. Crisis, however, may suddenly promote some activities to the”urgent” category thereby leaving us a little time to attend to the truly important things.

Lastly, you may need to give up some comfort, increase your frustration tolerance, and come to terms with the things (thoughts, feelings, behaviours, actions) you have been avoiding or denying. Stepping out of your comfort zone is giving up your status quo to reach out for the great expanse of possibility you are destined for. So give up to get up!

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