Monday, 10 September 2018

Mind The Gap

“Mind the gap!” is an audible warning or note of caution mentioned multiple times a day at the London underground train stations urging passengers to be mindful of the physical gap between the train platform and the train doors. In the hustle and fast-paced nature of the city, it is necessary for precaution to be given to passengers with the intention of entering into the trains to continue their journeys to prevent accidents, mishaps and unfortunate situations.

I was in conversation with a friend a while ago and in the course of the discussion, we realized there was a “gap” that needed minding so that danger could be avoided. It wasn’t too long after that I took a trip and kept hearing “Mind the gap!” Of course this was the warning to passengers, but I kept thinking of the many “gaps” we have in our lives—my life included. Staying on course requires dogged determination and focus and I’m not going to lie it hasn’t been flawless for me. There is a gap between our intentions and our actions. What we set out to do doesn’t always end up becoming our reality. The absence of mindfulness creates a lot of room for the possibility of ending up at a different destination, or worse, no destination at all.

So you want your finances looking right, but you are ignorant and unmindful of the wisdom in investing and saving-you can’t really be bothered actually. You desire to be in a committed relationship, but you can’t get past the misters shoes...even though you PROMISE you’re not driven by looks. You need your marriage to elevate in quality, but the flesh stays in the lead of your affairs. You swore that 2018 was your year to finally be free from the emotional damage and trauma you experienced in your past and held you as a prisoner to your real and ideal self, but it’s September and you’ve yet to offload, talk less of opening up the baggage to begin recovery—time doesn’t heal all wounds; that’s fake news. Intentionality and a commitment to do the work does. You can’t pray some things away. Until you heal, you will consistently bleed on those you are leading. You must do what needs to be done in the physical and pass every test that comes to secure you an expected end. “Stay dressed for action and keep your lamps burning.” Luke 12:35

Mind your gaps and take them to God. “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.” Isaiah 26:3 Take some time to reflect on your year so far and identify areas where you have paid enough lip service without committing your hands to get dirty for change to come. The only time you fail is the time you stop trying and you quit. Until then, success is still attainable. I have committed myself to closing the blogging gap I have allowed to exist. With God helping me, I will put out a blog post once a month (So help me God). Take control of your life again and snatch your fight back from whatever it is that is keeping it captive. “Keep your heart with all vigilance,for it determines the course of your life.” Proverbs 4:23

Go back to your drawing board—for most of us it’s the goals we set in January to accomplish this year—and notice where and why you dropped the ball and pick it back up. You can’t go along life “hole-y” or “gap-py” when God calls you WHOLE AND HOLY. It’s not okay. I don’t put on outfits that have holes in them (at least not consciously), so it shouldn’t be normal to have a life with gaps. Virtue cannot freely proceed from a vessel that has been left to rut and wither. Virtue requires a worthy and faithful vessel. Remove yourself from situations and people that make you comfortable with your gaps. People who are not yet committed to minding their gaps will be uncomfortable with the prospects of you climbing higher than them and so your progress becomes a threat to their mediocrity. That’s when separation becomes needful and necessary.

Change your autopilot! There’s a level you need to go where your old mindsets and your second nature reflexes can’t come. You can’t set your eyes on a high target and still make love with the debilitating thoughts of doubt and fear that have weighed you down all along. The two can’t walk together. Renew your mind and create a new normal way of being and doing. In the end, “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed...” 2 Timothy 2:15

Finally, the one point in all of this is: Mind your gaps!

I love you! I mean it.



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