The definition of deserve is to do something or have or show qualities worthy of (reward or punishment). Synonyms include be good enough for, be worthy of, justifiable, and more. As I reflected on this word or set of words I felt compelled to write because I feel many of us are stuck in a big way because we don’t feel like we deserve it. We allow the things we see to outweigh the truth of our possibility. But I’m here to let you know that I deserve it
Now let me be clear I don’t think most of it is overt. I don’t think most people wake up and say, I don’t deserve to be wealthy. I don’t think I’m worthy of a good marriage. I believe it starts out subtly and grows into a subconscious mindset.
Imagine growing up seeing nothing but lack and despair and then finally on your own living life not realizing that you have carried a mentality that is full of self-doubt and disbelief.
I was reading an IG post from the amazing @danachanel and she talked about how all areas of her life were going great but she felt like something was about to test her faith. Her friend thoughtfully replied, why do you assume you have to go through pain to experience Gods glory? Her conclusion, and I concur, is that many of us are expecting the worst in order to see God but when you live a life of discipline and obedience that isn’t a worry anymore. She went on to state that the difference between a white poor man and a black poor man is the white man doesn’t think he deserves to be poor. Whoa.
Wow to the core… so what Dana was talking about takes it even further because if you feel you need to endure the worst to get to the good stuff, you are already defeated. Talking about a shifting of mindsets. This post literally messed me up because for a long time that’s how I lived. Not feeling worthy. Feeling as if I had to go through the struggle to make it. I struggled believing that being rich was for ‘someone else’, but for me, I would have to work hard. I didn’t believe that I could, therefore I didn’t.
Truth is, I deserve the amazing abundance that God said I am worthy of. But as a man thinks in his heart, so is he. So if I don’t believe it and I stay in a lack mentality, I only stay down and never experience the best that I’m so deserving of. Literally it takes a wake up call like the one I received from others and Dana to see that it is POSSIBLE, in fact not only is it possible it’s happening. I deserve it. I deserve financial prosperity. I deserve success in businesses. I am worthy of love and a happy marriage.
It starts with a wake-up call and continues with the discipline and obedience that Dana mentioned. Once I see that my thoughts/mindset was holding me back I have to shift! Maya Angelou said “when you know better, do better”. Once you are aware, you then need to take the necessary actions to make changes. And that requires discipline and obedience, neither of which are always easy. Set a plan, get an accountability partner and let’s get it.
I don’t know about you, but I deserve it. I’m ready for all that belongs to me. Joy, peace, prosperity, happiness, wealth, blessings and abundance. Please know that all glory for it belongs to God. It’s by his hand that I will do it all.