I want to say that some of you are on top of the world right now and others of you are at the bottom hoping for that one shot in life. For those of you on top of the world, you might want to keep reading for some wisdom and for those of you at the bottom, keep reading.
The example I want to use to portray my message is that of a hip-hop dancer that was a big shot in his hometown. He was well-known and remembered by people and it motivated him to head toward a bigger goal. His dream was to make it in New York City as an actor and become a well-rounded dancer.
What he didn’t realize is that New York City can beat you up. See, for those of you on top of the world at any second you can end up at the bottom again. He was the hometown hero and of course, it would have been easy for him to stay in his hometown and continue on but he realized he wanted more.
He knew it wouldn’t be easy especially after performing in the subway underground. It hit him when a bum tried to steal the $5 he made after an hour and a half of dancing underground. Sometimes you have to get off of your mountain and head into the valley to climb a larger mountain.
The valley is where everyone starts. Kevin Hart and Will Smith came from Philadelphia, Howard Shultz started at coffee shops and now he’s the CEO of Starbucks. Oprah Winfrey worked for her scholarship and Ralph Lauren dropped out of school and worked at Brooks Brothers which inspired him to sell ties.
The examples shared show that anyone that works to get out of the valley will be blessed. Here are some promises from God:
Observe people who are good at their work— skilled workers are always in demand and admired; they don’t take a backseat to anyone. (Proverbs 22:29 MSG)
Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in forced labor. (Proverbs 12:24 MSG)
Work your garden—you’ll end up with plenty of food; play and party—you’ll end up with an empty plate. Committed and persistent work pays off; get-rich-quick schemes are ripoffs.(Proverbs 28:19-20 MSG)
Some of us are in the valley but because of God’s promises, we know that if we put our minds toward achieving our goals and dreams that they will come to pass. It doesn’t mean that you’ll become the CEO of a profitable company by tomorrow, but it means you’ll be able to achieve that by your own hands after years of hard work and lessons learned.
You see, as long as you put in your part you are promised by God to be blessed. You’ll be blessed by God. Don’t look for the easy way out, make sure to look for secure and honest ways to find work and get money.
When you’re in the valley it may be hard to see the mountaintop with all the snow and wind blocking your view but just because you can’t see the top doesn’t mean you can’t reach it.
Those of us at the top of the mountain right now can remember the tough times. The moments when you cried alone and had to pick yourself back up.
Could there be someone out there that you can help reach the top of their mountain?
Trust that God wants to help you. Trust that God has provided the resources you need to make true what you desire to become or have.
It’s all right there waiting for you to take it, mend it, and make it yours.
It’s up to you to work your way out of the valley and to the top of your mountain. This may be your first mountain or your third. However many mountains you’ve climbed don’t forget to stay diligent and pray for help whenever you need it.
For anyone who is enjoying the results of their hard work, you may feel it in your heart to help someone in need. A new entrepreneur, a new business, or tackling fixing a problem in your community.
If that’s you, don’t be afraid to do something about it. You have been blessed with the ability to help someone else with your blessings!
Listen, you’ll have moments where you’ll want throw in the two but so did all the other human examples that were listed above.
Don’t give up, your life is going to turn around shortly- you just got to see and envision the top of the mountain!