Countervail – to exert force against an opposing and often bad or harmful force or influence.
“Reinvent every-time the music change, my gut had me feeling like I knew the way.” – Nipsey Hussle
““Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” – Ephesians 4:29
“If I am a cup maker, I’m interested in making the best cup I possibly can. My effort goes into that cup, not what people think about it.” – Denzel Washington
One of my favorite films starring Denzel Washington is called “The Book of Eli.” The messaging and symbolical references of the bible being lived through the character of Eli is so prolific. One scene I love that stands out is the questioning of Eli’s purpose in being so protective of this book he carries. Solara (Mila kunis) is persistent in following behind Eli with little understanding of his mission supplied by a voice (God) to head west and deliver on what he was told to do. Eli simply replies “I walk by faith, not by sight.” Literally he is blind in sight but figuratively in faith he is not. Its a trusting on his behalf into a higher calling. No doubts can coexist with the delivering of God’s promises.
That’s a real honor of God’s will to be handed such a challenge. That speaks very highly in how much God believes we can handle. No matter what crossed this man’s path, God told him not to give the book up under any circumstances. He would always be protected. Even when Eli failed in a moment and conceded defeat to those chasing him down for the book for their own selfish desires; God still kept his word. Eli could account word for word on what he had to say once his destination was reached; even when they took his reward! Taking a possession is useless when its not meant for the taker to understand! They have no way to truly possess something that was created internally and lived out by someone else. Eli’s story was written as the days went on. God isn’t answering because he doesn’t want to but because Eli had to journey through his faith to experience the answer behind his purpose!
I love the journey of self improvement. I enjoy being taught in a way that is proactive and not reactive. I then give that same energy in helping other’s see the light in self improvement. Its not a quick fix; its a life building block. In my experience I want to express to those that struggle with reaching their potential that we are not our flawed moments. We’re living day to day within our certain modes that are easy to trigger versus being addressed. Rarely do we have the insight from other’s to be talked to and not talked at. Its a difference in getting criticized versus being built up through constructive criticism.
I think sometimes at how I changed certain views of myself by stepping out of my comfort zone. I did it for my own well being and my faith in God of course. I was never pressured in adjusting my character to fit someone else’s predetermined mold. That is a disservice to all that I’m capable of becoming. In that same note I had to believe in what I felt I was passionate about. It’s a level of accountability that we hold to tell our stories. Its in our destiny to reach inspiring heights. There’s no reward in playing things small and there’s no perception higher than the one we think about ourselves.
Everyone won’t view this the same but that’s the point. We’re all in different stages of perception. Regardless of the stage though, criticism comes from a place in people that perceives someone as their idea instead of what they have the potential to do. We should never change who we are to fit a mold. It’s even funnier that when you decide to make a change or live in your potential perceptions change. What people don’t take time to understand is their own misconception; who we choose to become is our own responsibility. Outside forces should never be a main motivating factor in making changes in our life.
To everyone that reads these words know that God entrusts us with our own missions. Its a choice to discern the differences in how we go about accomplishing it. Believe in the power of good energy. Don’t be susceptible to releasing bad energy out of character. There’s nothing more honorable than being a good-hearted person in an cruel world. If our faith isn’t nourished and restored daily this world will eat us alive and turn us cold-hearted if we let it. That’s never the answer. Respect in due time God will neutralize any negative energy that opposes his will. Nothing we do in good intent can be captured. Destruction is temporary; belief is victory and Glory is ours forever. Have the wisdom to learn from those who walked the path before and laid out the right way. Making better choices starts with having that type of self identity and faith. Don’t be naive in thinking perception is completion. Real completion is a constant renewing of our perceptions.
“When you learn, teach. When you get, give.” – Maya Angelou
“My mother used to tell me man gives the award, God gives the reward. I don’t need another plaque.” – Denzel Washington
“For the Lord will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being caught.”
– Proverbs 3:26
“Control the controllable’s.” – Inky Johnson