There may be a few of you this night that need to hear these words. Six small but very powerful words. It is time to begin again. I know that they are words that I need to hear, to be sure. How many times have we begun the journey that Life has for us only to become distracted by the cares and stresses that arise along the way? Then before we know it, the progress we were making towards our purpose simply comes to a halt and the process of regression gains a foothold. And with regression can come depression. We can begin to feel defeated. We can begin to wonder what is the point anyway? This is the manner in which so many people simply give up and never become who they were destined to be. Life can indeed be daunting at times. I am aware of this as are you. At times it can almost feel like Life is out to get you which is of course, not the truth of it at all. Now, there are those times in our lives when we can be tested by Life and it is during those times that we are blessed with the opportunity to grow and to change as we proceed towards our purpose, towards our destiny. However since we are all human, we can allow ourselves to be thrown off-course, to be sure. It is the way of it oftentimes. But one should never view Life as an entity that works in direct opposition to our goals and dreams. Nothing could be further from the truth. It is a fact that to bring greater strength to steel, it must be forged. I looked up the definition of the word “forged” and it means to “to form by heating and hammering; to beat into shape”. It also means to “to form or make, especially by concentrated effort; to fashion”. And when steel has gone through the process of forging, it becomes stronger than it had been before. I guess what I am trying to say here is the strengthening of our character or the “testing of our metal” if you will, while not always easy is designed for our benefit. Call it “preparedness for what lies ahead”, if you like for that is in essence what it is. Even the Bible states to “count it all joy when you are beset by various trials”. These are the times when we are permitted to grow the most if we respond correctly. And yes, I do realize that this is something that is often easier said than done. I know because I have gone through the process myself. I know because I am going through such a process even now. And I am determined that with the aid of my Creator, I will win the day!
And it seems that as is my habit, I have veered off subject a bit. My message to you this evening is a simple one and one that should bring hope to any and all who have become stalled in the pursuit of their Life purpose. The message is that it is time to begin again! It is never too late to begin again the journey of the fulfillment of purpose. Do not ever believe that it is too late for it is not. If you still have breath, your time has not yet passed. In actuality, to have the temerity to say that it is too late to begin again is a slap in the face of the Creator. He has placed within each of us a bit of His own divine Spirit and only waits for us to connect with that Spirit. For when we do so, He is then able to step in and increase the Divine spark that is alive within. Does any of this strike a chord with any of you? As is so often, I am kind of feeling my way along here. But the words I am permitted this evening are resonating in accord with my own Spirit. This is the barometer by which truth is measured, yes? This is most often how we know. I will tell you that tonight, I began 4 other writings and each one simply brought me into a blind alley which is quite frustrating. But what I am writing here just now seems to be as it should.
Have you been brought into a blind alley in your pursuit of purpose today? Have you allowed circumstances and trials to keep you from the journey towards your Destiny? Those seeds of greatness that were growing within you? Have they withered and become silent due to the fact that you are no longer becoming the person you were meant to be? If this be true, then please do not chastise yourself over it any longer. It is in degradation that we lose ourselves and it is in the abasement of ourselves that we cause the gift of our Divinity to lose its warm glow which ultimately deadens our soul.
It is time to begin again! These very words should breathe air, new and afresh into our hearts, yes? These words bring to us a powerful and wonderful message. These words are not meant in a negative fashion that would tell us to “get off our lazy duff and get back in the game”. No, no and no again! What these six words are telling us this night is that it is not too late to begin again! These words further proclaim that now, today is indeed the time to begin again! It is time to finish the journey that Life has set before us! It is time to realize our fulfillment of purpose and in doing so, we will know true abundance of Spirit! Can you see how this is true?
We are, all and each one of us placed here in this world, each born with separate and distinct gifts. Some of us have the gift of song and some are artists. Some are writers and others are teachers. Many have been blessed with the ability to listen, to be a listener which is one of the greatest gifts of all. Most of us can certainly hear but only a few can truly listen. I believe it is the listeners of our world that are of great blessing to those they come in contact with. You see, the definition of the word talent or gift goes well beyond a general definition. What are your particular gifts, my friend? I suppose my point here is that our gifts and talents are quite diverse. My question to all of us this evening is are we availing ourselves to what lies within us in order that our world be blessed and therefore our own destiny be fulfilled?
It is time to begin again. To those reading these words this night, I would only say this. If you have not paused in the pursuit of what you have been called to do, I applaud you most heartily and my prayers are for your continuance. For those who have ceased and perhaps even given up traveling the road that Life has called you to, I would urge to begin again. Our world is in dire need of what you possess, the blessing of the gift or gifts that only you can provide. And if I may, none of us can ever truly be happy or content with who we are until we become who it is we were meant to be. Perhaps that is the real meaning of the phrase “To thine own self be true”.
It is time to begin again. Words that bring with them a message of hope and new beginnings for us all, yes? The hour is late and I have gone long once again. But I felt that this was of importance to someone somewhere. I do thank you for your time and kind indulgence. Decide today for yourself that it is indeed time to begin again and then do begin again. In doing so, you will bless others and be blessed in return, to be sure. I wish you a kind and good evening. Take care with yourselves. Until we meet next time…….
Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.