It is a fundamental truth that you cannot give what you don’t have. When you think of this, most people think in terms of money, but this also applies to many other areas of life. Sure, money is money and if you want to give to a good cause, unless you have the money you can’t help.
This concept also applies to other very important areas of your life. Your compassion, your tenacity, your joy, your peace, your patience, your positive outlook, your calming spirit and the list could go on for pages. In short, if you don’t have these attributes in supply in your own life, it is terribly difficult to share them with others. If you are not at peace it is hard to share peace. If your compassion is depleted, it is hard to show it to someone else, etc.
The good news is that most of these attributes are decision based. That’s correct, they come from you deciding to have them. In the roller-coaster 2020 year, it is easy to have misplaced these attributes and if you leave them on the sidelines long enough, it becomes very difficult to get them back. It is like allowing a feeling of melancholy to find residence in your spirit. The more you embrace it and allow it to continue, the more difficult it is to get rid of.
Think with me outside the vernacular for a moment. See, Satan goes around with his clip board to see who he can get to buy what he is selling. His focus is the sadness and despair of the heart. If he gets you to accept discouragement, much like melancholy, he just keeps pilling on, anxiety, loneliness, sadness and all their brothers and sisters. If you allow this to continue, before you know it, you don’t want to get out of the bed.
As a friend of mine in Texas has always said. You got to cowboy up and take your life back. KT