Even When You Don't Want To...

"The Real McCoy..."

We all have things in our life that we don't want to do but they serve a necessary purpose in our lives. Take for example, our jobs. The average person does not "want" to work but they know that they "have" to work in order to provide for their families. What makes someone to rise every morning just to do the same thing over and over again? There is a motivation there. Oftentimes it is because of money; money to pay a bill, money to take a vacation, or money to purchase something nice.

I can certainly relate to having to do something that I did not want to do. At my previous job, I had long gotten over the monotonous and mundane routine of it's daily activities, but I knew that Elohim had a time set for me to leave. While there, it sparked in me the entrepreneur spirit that had been lying dormant without me even being aware of it's existence. It was there that I realized what passion I really had, what really got me excited about life and what it was I really was supposed to be doing (and it was not that!). Once I realized that, I immediately quit my job and went head first into making my dreams a reality! Right?! No! I stayed there for another year and half! That's right. It wasn't until over a year later that I left that job and started to pursue my dreams full-time! Just because I was ready to move doesn't mean that Elohim was ready to move me!

There are plenty of times where we may find ourselves in a situation that we know and feel that we are more than qualified and capable for other positions or opportunities but we find ourselves in a "lesser than" situation. This reminds me of a post on Instagram that I was reading a few weeks ago, and is actually the inspiration for this post. I was reading about Elijah McCoy, a very well known and prominent African Canadian/American in history. Elijah McCoy was an engineer that studied abroad but because of the color of his skin, was unable to get hired for the jobs he desired and applied for. After taking work as a fireman and an oilier at the Michigan Railroad Center, it was there where he came up with the idea for one of his patents; the automatic lubricator for lubricating steam engines and locomotives. He noticed that the parts needed re-oiling after a certain amount of time, which allowed him to create a tool that re-oils the parts on it's own at the right and precise time. Trains actually still use his invention to this day!

The point of the story is that even though McCoy had to take a position that he didn't necessarily want to take but had to out of necessity, it was there that he got the very thing that turned his life around, and made him a legend in African Canadian/American history. If he had gotten the jobs that he was applying for, chances are he would have only worked the job and not been in a position that would have caused him to see that problem and create the solution.

So, if you find yourself having to be somewhere where you are wondering why does the Most High have you there, ask Him to help you see what it is you are supposed to be doing there or getting from there, and be patient. The sooner you complete or receive the task the sooner you will be on your way to the next thing! Our motivation for "working" should not be because of money but because of our insatiable desire and need to make a difference, become a legend and leave a legacy!

Shalom & Blessings,

Joanna