One of the events that profoundly touched me this year was the death of the apostle of my church. I remembered the life of such a dear man of God and his soft spoken and genuine nature. Sitting under his teaching and ministry was a true experience; one that was life altering and inspiring. He was truly created for such a time as this: a man that was so humble, well loved and received and, most importantly, loved the Lord God with his whole heart and wanted the people of God to receive the fullness of God's love, power and saving grace. He had a heart for the lost, the broken, the needy, those in need of salvation and restoration; he personified selfLESSness. His passing was so profound to many including those who had served with him in ministry for over 25, 35 and 40 years around the world. I could only imagine how his wife, son, grandchildren, daughter-in-law and other family members felt.
Yet, one phrase from his family that continually resonates in my spirit is "the work continues". Initially I was blown away by their demonstration of strength under pressure; you're thinking of us at a time like this? Although I realize the spirit of the Lord dominates their lives, I also realize the multiple revelations of their words--the work continues . . .
So often we experience a loss or death in our lives: a loss of a spouse, child or loved one--death, divorce or change to life as we once knew it; financial loss, health crisis, periods of unemployment, demotion or stagnation. Some experiences leave us so broken that we feel like we cannot go on. Yet, sooner or later, you will have to make a decision. Since the work/life continues, will you allow it to go on WITH or WITHOUT you?
Regardless of the situation, the world will go on with or without you. Only God knows the number of years we will have on this side of eternity but, eventually, life will continue on without us. The same is true of that situation, loss, job, loved one and any other thing that troubles you: time waits for no one.
So I encourage you today, and every day, whenever you feel lost, hurt or broken; persecuted, abandoned or forgotten; when you feel defeated and don't know which way to turn, just know the work continues. What legacy will you leave; what footprint will this earth have acknowledging your time spent here? What souls will testify to the impact that you made on their lives and grieve over your loss? If we start each day with these question on our mind, we will be reminded of our purpose and continue along the journey of life differently. Indeed, the work continues . . .
--Alesha Brown, The Joy Guru
Empowerment Coach, Motivational Speaker and Best Selling Author
CEO, Alesha Brown LLC
Alesha Brown, The Joy Guru
Helping you to find a light at the end of the tunnel.