Knowing anything does not mean one knows. I realise this is a confusing statement, but bear with me. I know I am loved by my family. However, in the moments I find myself facing the darkness of my fears, uncertainties, and doubts, I am unsure if I am loved.
Knowing, in business, life, and most importantly relationships, can be challenging. An odd wall tile painting in a London Spitalfields Market Restaurant captured my emotions and mindset. As I wrestle with decisions, there are recurring questions. Who can I believe? What advice rises to the level of being accepted or remains ignored? Am I reaching for my hopes or playing it safe?
My questions are universal ones, shared with others in many different forms. As I reflect on wisdom writings and life lessons over time, several guide rails stand ready for my use.
Always reach for hope. Compassion, caring, and community are enduring principles that give shape and form to my dreams. If in doubt, step towards, reaching for a better future. I know reaching will demand my courage, require my perseverance, and even challenge my resolve. I also know that each moment is my opportunity to reaffirm the beliefs I hold closest to my heart.
Understand one’s history in context. I can see failures, ugliness, and darkness in my past. Knowing is an opportunity to see me as Divinity sees me. Remember, “We call Abraham ‘father’ not because he got God’s attention by living like a saint, but because God made something out of Abraham when he was a nobody. Isn’t that what we’ve always read in Scripture, God saying to Abraham, ‘I set you up as father of many peoples’? Abraham was first named ‘father’ and then became a father because he dared to trust God to do what only God could do: raise the dead to life, with a word make something out of nothing.” (Romans 4.17)
Be bold, take a decision, and act. In the present moment, I have an opportunity to believe, to live my dreams, and step towards a better future.