Within the United States, the President’s leadership and decision-making is examined closely during the first 100 days in office. This is the time that supposedly, one’s greatest opportunity for influence and power is at its highest level. This is an interesting concept. Influence and power does not occur in isolation. In fact, it has to interact in order for it to be effective. Yet, there is no body examining how much opposition is being projected against the one experiencing their first 100 days. The question becomes, is it more valuable to focus on one’s power or problem?
We are over the hump of the first 100 days of 2015. In fact 103 days to be exact. I wonder if we performed an ethnographic analysis of various social media outlets, vision boards, conversations, text messages and emails, what would we find? Would we find the proof of the actualization of dreams and resolutions spoken or the reality of dreams and resolutions deferred? Would we find evidence of God’s power working in the lives of those who professed 2015 to be the “greatest of all years before” or could we like Facebook’s newest invention, do a comparison and find that the same statements we made a year ago,are consistent with our statuses today?
One thing is certain, God is the same yesterday, today and forevermore. Yes, 100 days have passed, but don’t forget about the three. Consider the power of three – it represents the holy trinity; it represents the death, burial and resurrection of Christ Jesus. Given 100 days + three, what might you resurrect? Ultimately, you have as a child of the King, greater influence and power to fight the good fight of faith with the one who assumed victory some 2000 years ago! God’s vision board over our lives is evident in Jeremiah 1:5: “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” The enemy received a peek of your vision board, and began creating one of his own, customized for you! That’s why we can’t be surprised about his wiles. It’s to be expected, but it doesn’t have to be embraced.
If the Lord allows, we are afforded many more days in 2015. What are the lessons learned from the first 100? As we stand upon the promises of God we must equally equip ourselves for those who do not endorse our “yes and amen.” The funny thing about the presidency is that regardless of how the first 100 days play out, she (have you heard about Hillary?) or he has three years and some change to set things right. While yours and mine may not be a presidency, we do have the ability to influence our communities and make a difference for others, and ourselves. So what if you got a little off course; if there is breath in your lungs, and as the Lord is gracious with mercy, you may begin again.
Over the weekend, I ran my first 10K. It was an amazing feeling, and it was tough because I changed my plan. I’d been running 1:1 intervals. On the day of the race, I elected with the prompting of others to run 2:1 intervals. What a mistake! My endurance was challenged because I didn’t follow my plan; I altered from what I’d been doing the first 100 days, and not in a good way. That being said, I made it (Praise the Lord), but I had to dig deep. You can best believe for my next race, and over the next 100 days, I’m sticking to what I declared and decreed at the beginning of 2015. Who’s with me? Anything you need to revert back to? Remember, you may begin again. Wake up from your daze! Don’t sleep through your destiny. Reclaim your days!