“There are people who want changes in their life as long as it costs them nothing. People want things but aren’t willing to go through what it takes to get their breakthrough. I am ready now. The time is right. I can handle it now. I can deal with it now. If God had done it five years ago, I wouldn’t haven’t been able to handle it, but I’ve grown up now. Now you can zap me with you favor. Now you can release what you have for me. Now I know how to hold it. Now I know how to not blow the job. Not blow the favor. Not blow the grace. Now I know how to treat somebody in my life. Now I know how to do business in high places. I’m ready now.” ~ Excerpt from Bishop T.D. Jakes’ sermon, “Growing Into God’s Favor”
I shared that excerpt from Bishop T.D. Jakes’ sermon because so often we say, “I want…” or “I’m ready…”. We find ourselves looking at other people’s lives and wonder why they are getting the job of their dreams, the relationship of their dreams, the financial blessings, etc., but we aren’t. We are on the outside looking in. We don’t know what they have gone through to get to where they are. We don’t know what pruning or growth process they have been through for God to say, “Now is YOUR time.” Even if you personally know them, you will never know their FULL story. You know what they want you to know. But here’s something for you to keep in mind, just like God has blessings for them, He has blessings for you too, but if He gives it to you before you are ready for it, you might mess it up. Saying you are ready, doesn’t necessarily mean you are ready. You say you are ready, but you are still practicing those same habits you were practicing in the past. You are still holding on to the same fears, same dysfunctions, same thoughts, same behaviors, following the same patterns. You haven’t done anything different in your life, but you say you are ready. Ask yourself, am I really mentally, emotionally, and physically ready for what I am asking God for?