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The Gamble

Welcome to 2021.

I do not think anyone really thought we would make it out of the Lifetime Movie called "2020: Collective Trauma", but we did. We are here, two days into a brand new year. We are here, the day after my fortieth birthday, and we are all here with a slate. Some of us have a totally clean slate that will need fresh writing. Some of us have a full slate with an eraser poised above it. Win, lose, or draw we have to do some things differently this year and we will need help doing so. We will need wisdom and strategy this year like never before. We will need discernment on a whole other level. What I appreciate about God is that he gives us what we need very plainly sometimes. Over the last few days, "The Gambler" by Kenny Rogers has been playing in my head. This morning I realized God was giving me strategy in a manner that I could comprehend and I want to share it with you all:

You gotta know when to hold em'. We live in a digital age where if it is not on social media then it is not real. I get that, but I also get this: Something must be sacred. In 2021 you will need to keep things to yourself. Let minding your business bless you.

Know when to fold em'. You may need to decide to sit this one out. Last year was rough in many ways for everyone. No matter how many goals you see people say they crushed, I can certainly promise you there were just as many dark and uncertain days for them just as there were for you. Take the time to love on yourself mentally, spiritually, and emotionally. Do not let the fear of missing out lead you in 2021.

Know when to walk away. As simple as this is, it is the hardest thing for us to do sometimes. I know this for myself. What I can tell you is that the longer you stay in a room where you are not supposed to be, the harder it will be for you to leave. This is applicable to everything from a professional career to a personal relationship. Have the courage to walk away from what no longer serves you. You are wasting your time and theirs. It is arrogant to think that we have more time than we really do because we really don't. Holding on to what you know you need to let go of is really the fear of losing the comfort of your comfort zone. Great things will not grow in comfort zones.

And know when to run. Sometimes you just need to put on your Nikes and get up out of there. Please know, God gives a way of escape. You just have to have the peace of mind to take it.

You never count your money while you're sitting at the table. This is addendum A to knowing when to hold em. The right hand does not tell the left hand what it is doing, so why does everyone need to know what you have? Humility is wise and true wealth quietly lives that way. When your soul is enriched, you do not have to be validated by things or people. Consider what causes you to flash and take note that even lightbulbs go out.

There'll be time enough for counting when the dealings done. Look back at your slate. Whatever is on your slate is the result of how you decided to play your hand, not the result of the hand you were dealt. In 2021, if you really want to play to win, acknowledge that you might just need a little help.

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. ~ James 1:5 NIV.

It is in the uncanny places that we often find God and it is through music that he very often speaks. I pray that 2021 finds us all whole.

~Healing Is A #HeartPosture ~ Kesh C.


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