April 12, 2012

Bloom Where You're Planted

Too many people are negative and discouraged because they don’t like where they are. They don’t like their spouse. They don’t like their jobs. That’s not where they want to be. They are always fighting against something. They are always trying to go somewhere else. But I’ve learned that God is more interested in changing me than He is in changing my circumstances. As long as I’m getting sour, upset and discouraged, that attitude will keep me right where I am. If you want to see change, if you want to see God open new doors, the key is to bloom where you’re planted. You can not wait until everything becomes better before you decide to have a good attitude. You have to be the best you can be right where you are.

“The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD” (Psalm 37:23, NKJV). That means as long as we’re in faith, where we are is where we’re supposed to be. When tough times come your way, instead of being negative and complaining, say: “God, I may not like this, but I know I’m here in Your divine plan and You would not have allowed it unless You had something good for me. It may not feel good right now, but I know it’s helping me to grow and become all that You created me to be.”

When you pass the test of blooming where you’re planted and keep the good attitude even when you don’t feel like it, and stay calm when you don’t get your way, and honor authority even when you don’t agree, you are sowing a seed for God to take you where He wants you to go.

Have you ever thought that God may have you somewhere on purpose so you can be a good example? You’re not in a position for God to promote you if you’re not the best you can be right where you are.

Understand, God has exactly where He wants you. If you’ll learn to be happy where you are, God will take you where you want to be. He’s promised He will give you the desires of your heart. (quoted from Joel Osteen)