THE POWER OF ASSOCIATION - WHO YOU'RE CONNECTED TO MATTERS!
Today was a reflective day spent thinking about the questions Dr. Myles Munroe raises about associations. I took a look at who is in my life and those no longer in my life. I reflected on the value we bring, and in some cases, no longer bring, to each others lives.
I learned I had some connected disconnections, some reconnections, and some needed disconnections. It's not that anyone did anything wrong. It's that seasons change and everyone can't necessarily go into each season with each other. While we may want to it may not be the road God has for us to travel.
A disconnection just means different directions and we release one another to pursue our God given destiny. It doesn't mean we don't talk or pray for one another. It just means our focus has shifted. And sometimes the disconnection is for a season as we each focus on what God is doing in our respective lives in that season.
I find that as I've gotten older my circle has gotten a lot smaller. Like Mary, I ponder things in my heart without speaking them to others.
"But Mary was keeping within herself all these things (sayings), weighing and pondering them in her heart." (Luke 2:19 AMPC)
I've learned everything God shares with me isn't for general consumption. I remember Him impressing upon me, "There are some things that are between you and Me. Ask Me what you can share." I now ask Him, can I share this and with whom? This approach has kept me safe from dream killers!
I also ask Him to help me not kill anyone else's dreams with wrong words and facial expressions. I want to encourage others to pursue their God given dreams wholeheartedly. I want to cheer them on. It's my heart's desire that anyone who associates with me is blessed, encouraged, and spurred on their path to greatness in God.
Here's the questions I reflected on from Dr. Myles Munroe's book, Vision with Purpose, and Power: A 90-Day Devotional:
With whom am I spending time? Who are your closest friends; who are the people you are confiding in?
What are these people doing to me? In other words, what do they have you listening to, reading, thinking, doing? Where do they have you going? What do they have you saying? How do they have you feeling? What do they have you settling for? Most important, what is being around these people causing you to become? ("If you want to be a success, don't keep company with those who aren't going anywhere in life.") (Don't let anyone throw you off course. Decide for yourself, what are my goals and plans? Don't let others influence you to deny them.)
Is what other people are doing to me a good thing in relation to my vision? ("When you start telling people where you're going to go and what you're going to do, they may, even unconsciously, begin to say things to try to hinder your dream.")
"Whether you realize it or not, the influence of those you spend time with has a powerful effect on how you will end up in life." (Dr. Myles Munroe)
Take some time and ask the Lord to show you the health of your connections!
Be Encouraged! ❤