Hey everyone. It has been a while since I’ve written anything here. I took some time to myself. Usually when the New Year rolls in, everyone is fired up and ready to tell you all of their new resolutions and revelations- all the things they have committed to do over the next year and all of the stuff that you need to do as well. Me, I just needed something different and I wanted to give something different. I didn’t want to be just another voice in the background saying the same old stuff that leaves you excited and motivated for 5 minutes. I needed something different. I wanted something different. I had to get back to my truths and to what is essential in my life. I needed to be in a place where I could listen… truly hear, get rested, and feel whole so I can continue helping from a healthy and authentic place.
This year marks 25 years of my professional career- a career marked with ups and downs, challenges, victories, and a lot of hard work. 25+ years of listening to the hearts and issues of other folks- the crises of their lives- walking with them through some of their most difficult and intimate times. Doing so has been an honor. It’s part of who I am. It may look easy but it can take a toll, especially if we forget to keep ourselves as a priority in our own lives and begin to pour out of a depleted place. I needed to be replenished, reminded, restored, poured into, encouraged… I took some time. Yeah, I took some time. I’m thankful to God for it. I’m better for it. I’ll share more at a later date. I’m strengthened, lifted. And hey, what better day to emerge then today…
Five years ago today, I instituted our 1st “March 4th International Holiday!” We shared with each other how we were marching forth and what we were marching forth toward. We took time to celebrate & encourage each other on our journey. My facebook, website, email, & phone were flooded with messages, declarations,… Remember how amazing it was?
This year, when it seems as if folks are marching all over the world for freedom, change, justice, unity… let us continue our tradition of Marching 4th and purposely helping others do the same. In celebration of the 5 year anniversary, let’s keep it going for 5 days. I think we often forget how we need one another- how we have the ability and responsibility to link with each other, lift each other, walk with each other, and help each other along the way. A three fold cord is not easily broken (Eccl. 4:12). When we come together, when we stand or walk with one another, and fight for one another… whew! Watch out!
We have all faced storms, tough times, good times, setbacks, breakthroughs, victories… We could all use encouragement. So lets give it. Share with us and with others (at home, on your job, at church, at school, …) how you are Marching 4th & what you are Marching 4th towards? What inspires you to keep going? Someone needs to hear Your real story- your truth, your transparency! Talk to folks over the next 5 days. Invite someone to coffee, lunch… Ask them about their journey. Listen to their hearts. Don’t just listen to respond but listen to understand. Encourage them on their journey. Let’s flood and rock the world with encouragement and concern. Let help one another March 4th.
Somebody is tired on their journey. It might even be your child or that friend who has it all together- that Mom who loves on everybody, that person who pours out all he has to help others, that neighbor whom you hardly see anymore… Yeah, someone is tired, struggling, falling, giving up… and you don’t even know it. What you need to know is this: you have the words, the hope, the kindness, the solution, the concern, the ability, and the responsibility to make a difference. Will you?
For the next 5 days (and beyond), let’s Hear, challenge, empower, and uplift one another on purpose. Let’s help each other live. Lock arms, Lock hearts, and March 4th together. Are you ready? Let’s go!
Be encouraged and encouraging.