In order to have a glow-up, we have to be illuminated first, which requires us to be lit. Fires don’t burn forever, so how do we stay lit? Whether you’re:
(1) in the middle of a glow-up;
(2) have a tiny spark lit inside your spirit or;
(3) even if all you have are the embers of your past;
You can keep that fire lit by continuously fanning your flame. It’s easy to light up the night when things are going great, when momentum is building, and when our dreams are coming to fruition. What about when a storm has passed, when the skies have opened up, and we’re drenched? What about when we’ve given it our all and all of our resources have been exhausted?
Success doesn’t just happen overnight. Recovery doesn’t just happen, toxic cycles don’t just end, and generational curses aren’t just broken. God doesn’t just show up and fix all of our problems. YES, He can accelerate all of these situations for us, but we have to invite Him in to do so. We have to take steps and do “the things.” The universe can and will provide, but we have to ask, we have to sacrifice, we have to change. Our attitudes will need to be different. We’ll have to change our thoughts and mindsets, make sacrifices, switch up our routines; we might even have to burn a couple of bridges. It’s up to us to make the first move.
When you accomplish one goal, set another; when someone pours into you, turn around and pour into someone else; when you stumble, get back up. Sure we all love the good times, but what about the bad? What about when we don’t see the light at the end of the tunnel? When we’ve lost all hope? Fires need to be fueled; negative self-talk makes the perfect kindling for any fire. I like to fuel my fire with shortcomings since I seem to have an abundance of those lying around. The key to making that fire bigger and brighter is putting all the bad stuff in there: failures, disappointments, hurts and traumas, negative things spoken over our lives. Use these things to fuel that fire, to fan the flame, use them as ammunition to hit your next target goal, use them as a reason to not give up.
The embers of those broken dreams that you see slowly fading away and dying can still be revived. The smoldering remains of that fire you once had in your heart are still capable of being restored. I can promise you that buried underneath those ashes are embers waiting to be fanned. Why don’t you hand them to the Creator of the Universe and see what He does with them? It’s never too late, girl; that fire can be revived; you just need to fan that flame. What are you struggling with today? Drop it in the comments; let’s start working on your glow-up!