Hey guys! Ok. As I am sure that many of you know by now, temptation is a very real thing in our daily lives. Temptations to let go, when we should hold on and to hold on when we should let go. Among the many other temptations of course. But I cannot speak of them right now. Anyway, my husband Dexter and I were talking the other day about some of the things that we have faced personally over the last year. And its really the craziest thing but my biggest one, especially after my accident last year (where I had dislocated every bone in my body) was to just Give UP. Throw in the towel. Give up my life and career goals and to go find me some new ones. I was so done with being a wife that was too busy with going from doctors appointments to doctors appointments, not to mention that the physical pain was enough to throw anyone out of their head, and the fact that I am the CEO of a company that is finally starting to regain some ground after years of recession. And for those of you who know me, you know that giving up on anything has never been a part of me. And I have never understood why someone would want to? Anyway, my cup was full, perhaps a little too much in areas. So for the last six months Dexter and I have not only sought out to simplify things but to set a plan in motion and create structure that will definitely make things easier for running the company in the future. But back to what I was saying. Temptation is definitely real no matter what form it may take in our lives. Thus we must be on our guard, and we must resist it with everything that is within us if we truly desire to have a blessed and happy life. James 4:7
But I guess what instilled this need for me to never give up is I remember once when I was very little my Dad had taken me to a park and I was playing on the playground. And I remember one of the things that he had me to do was to cross the monkey bars time and time again, and every time I would fall because my little hands did not have the strength to hold me up. So after several tries he finally actually helped me across and then we went on to play on the really big old metal slide. Well, that slide I know was several feet in the air because it was above my Daddy's head. And he is every bit of 6 feet tall and more back then. Anyway, for a little girl that was both exciting and nerve wracking at the same time I got up near the top and some other kids climbed up behind me and I just FROZE. And I would have panicked but then I heard my daddy's voice say in a calm voice, "Come on up. There is no going back now, you gotta keep moving." So, I did and he met me at the bottom when it was all over. But, him being there really spoke volumes to me on that day. He helped me to face my fears, resist the temptation to give up and not back down from what I was doing. And at the end of the day when it was time to go back home he was there to carry me home.
It was this experience that really helped me to realize that no matter how hard fear comes against you, no matter how great the temptation is to give up, you refuse to be afraid and you hold on! You don't quit and you never give in! Because it will make you stronger.