STAYING FOCUSED IN UNCERTAINTY: YOU ARE STILL YOU

Was I still a Pastor even though I lost my church building? Was I still a wife even though my husband left me? Was I still a counselor even though I lost my job and counseling office? 

Would you say you are focused in every aspect of your life? Would you say that you have been distracted easily because of life’s ups and downs? These are questions we all need to ask ourselves, especially when there are dreams and goals in front of us. Our dreams could be hanging on by a thread while we are so wrapped up in worry and mental chaos because of our issues. I know many are probably asking within themselves how do you stay focused? I want to be transparent for a moment because there are real life issues out here and sugar coating isn’t going to help anyone! Our society is based on watered down information while we are conforming to believe every word we hear. So, let me share my story on how I am overcoming being distracted from life’s upsets. Around 5 months ago my husband left me with no explanation and blocked me from all communication. I lost my job as a social worker/counselor with the state of Georgia. I lost my ministry and my counseling office all within a three-month time frame. While experiencing these traumatic losses I was then scammed out of a home I had purchased and became homeless. Now, if this isn’t a top-notch distraction, I don’t know what to call it. This merely had me questioning who I was and if I was who I said I was. Was I still a Pastor even though I lost my church building? Was I still a wife even though my husband left me? Was I still a counselor even though I lost my job and counseling office?  I was distracted away from my identity. I could not figure out for the life of me how am I still who I am without having the material things to back it up. This took me to an identity crisis.

Remember there is power in knowing who you are and when you fail to recognize who you are and definitely who God has called you to be the enemy begins to come in for the kill to break you down and try to literally destroy you. John 10:10 states “the thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life and have it to the full (NIV). I questioned my very life and existence because I became depressed and suicidal!! Yes, the counselor and Pastor thought about ending her life. Highly distracted huh? I said all this to say this life comes and when it comes, we must be prepared to take hits and blows especially when we are striving for bigger and better things! Luke 12:48 says “but he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes, for unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask.  So, staying focused is very important because losing sight of who you are can be detrimental to your dreams and goals. No matter what you go through always stay focused on who you are and that will help you overcome your life’s most uncertainty moments. Things change, people go, places change, but who you are stays the same, don’t let losses or changes distract you from you. When it doesn’t look like who God says you are, you have to dig deep and fully trust God and His plan for your life because staying focused isn’t a look, being who you are isn’t a look, it’s a renewed mindset while being confident in knowing YOU!!!!!

Shameka Pointer

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