In the bible’s book of Exodus, we learn that the children of Israel wandered in the wilderness for 40 years, because they refused to trust God and to do what he asked of them. God rescued them from Egypt, when they were held captive by Pharaoh. They complained and doubted every step of the way. They created their own gods to worship. In doing these things, they hindered their own progress. Their journey of about 200 miles, would have normally taken a couple of weeks to travel. Instead of leaving Egypt and arriving at the Promised Land in Canaan soon after, they spent 40 years struggling in the wilderness. Read more
I spent a lot of time, as a child, trying to figure out just who I was on the inside and out. Because my religion dictated what I wore day-to-day, my outward self-expression was a bit stifled. It wasn’t until my early 20s that I started to learn my personal style. As far as who I was on the inside, I struggled to understand my spiritual self, and my self-image was largely determined by whoever I spent the most time with.
I know that many young people face the same struggles as I did. The ones who are allowed by the adults in their lives to develop into the unique beings they were meant to be are considered lucky and rare. Though it’s backwards, most adults are still trying to find out who they are and who they want to be, rather than being clear and operating in their purpose for the greater part of their lives. To know yourself serves the world in a much greater capacity than to be lost and confused.
My favorite color is purple. I learned this fact as an adult, after I was married. How does one make it 25 years without knowing her favorite color, you may ask? I spent a lot of my years trying to please other people. I tried to make them like me, accept me, be proud of me, etc. I was such a chameleon. I became the person I thought I should be to impress people.
I was a tomboy, and I felt like I was wrong or broken because of it. I loved wrestling around with the boys, playing basketball, and showing off my muscles. I guess nobody really understood me, and made assumptions based on some of my interests. In an attempt to “act” normal, I copied some of the things my sister did and liked. I said that my favorite color was pink, because I figured it was the most feminine, and I was tired of getting brown and black clothing as gifts.
It took a lot of soul searching and life experiences for me to commit to being true to myself and to being honest to the rest of the world. In addition to learning that my actual favorite color was purple, I learned that I prefer to eat differently from the way I had learned to eat growing up. I learned that I prefer to surround myself with people different from the people that I grew up around. I also learned that I have skills and talents that I was purposed to use to help other people while doing work for God’s kingdom. It is important for you to get to know yourself, down to the most simple details.
What things have you learned about yourself, big or small?
People learn biz essentials every day through research, seminars, books, etc. We cannot discount the learning that takes place through failures, though. I know, we don’t like to say the “f” word, but some of the most valuable lessons come from it. I consider myself a lifelong entrepreneur, because I have been starting and running businesses since I was very young. Read more
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After almost 7 years of marriage, you better believe I have learned quite a few things about love. I admit that some lessons were hard learned, as I kept trying to force things to be what I wanted them to be, or what I thought they should be, rather than allowing them to be what they actually were. Read more