I wake up each day with a sense of “happy”! I am so blessed to be where I am right now. Taking this teaching job was such a great move for me. I am in love my job, co-workers, students, Virginia, DC, my new church, pastor, EVERYTHING! It’s like I can sit back, kick my heels up and relax because I have finally “made it!”
Then I get an email: “Ms. Dix, please do not forget to complete for application for Assistant Principal/Master Educator by Monday April 25, 2011.” And then I woke up. I have been so engrossed with this honeymoon phase of where I am I totally forgot about what I asked God for. I wanted for him to put me in a position to move up in my career so that I can eventually become a Chancellor or Superintendant of a school system. So why had I not completed my application? Why was I getting a reminder to do so…WHILE I’M ON SPRING BREAK?
Take possession of the land and settle in it, for I have given you the land to possess. Distribute the land by lot, according to your clans. To a larger group give a larger inheritance, and to a smaller group a smaller one. Whatever falls to them by lot will be theirs. Distribute it according to your ancestral tribes. ‘But if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the land, those you allow to remain will become barbs in your eyes and thorns in your sides. They will give you trouble in the land where you will live. And then I will do to you what I plan to do to them. (Numbers 33:53-56)
This passage is so deep. The force that God spoke with to Moses can be felt by the reader. Verse 56 really stuck with me, “And then I will do to you what I plan to do to them”. God had given Moses specific instructions. We all know the story of the Israelites and their plight out of bondage. We also know that they did not get to the place with Moses and that Joshua actually was the one who led them there. When God tells us something or puts us in a position to do something we can’t just sit back and think that it is going to just fall in our lap. He has opened the door but we have to walk through it. Here I am oozing over my new blessing when I forgot that I still have a long way to go to get to where God and I want me to be. He knows what my desire is and He wants me to get there. He has now given me the opportunity to get there and I am just “chilling” on my blessing…what am I thinking?
Thank You for placing me where I am. I understand that I prayed for something and that You are making a way for me to have just that. I understand that it is up to me to accept the blessings that You are giving me. I do not take this moment for granted and I will not settle for where I am now. I will continue to push forward no matter how hard the way may seem. I know that You are clearing a path for me. I trust You and I believe that You are going to do exactly what You said You would. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Today I EMPOWER you to move beyond the “SETTLEMENT”. Don’t go for what God is going to give to others. You each have your own blessing. REACH UP and GRAB IT RIGHT NOW! I bind the spirit of COMPLACENCY from your lives.
Shawna Dix is a mother, educator, and all around child of God. She is passionate about God, her son Jalen, family, friends, and her students. She loves teaching because it allows her to shower our youth with love and guidance. She resides in Pentagon City, Virginia and works hard educating inner city youth in Washington DC. She prides herself in being a realist. She exclaims that she is in no way, shape, form, or fashion perfect but she has accepted that she serves a perfect God who is able to do ALL things!