Who is sitting at your table?

I am asking this question because a week ago I had an epiphany. This came while I was in my geology lab class working with a group that I see every Monday from 2pm-4pm. One of the young men who sit at our table seems to be skilled in the material, so we ask him questions frequently. However, I noticed that he does not like giving out information unless we allow him to use something of ours or if he's stuck and needs help. 
       
          The girls that I sit with we noticed last week that he will leave without helping anyone else but he would have gotten all the answers that he needed from us. This made me think, "Who's sitting at your table Jasmine?" I got a revelation about my own life and the season that I'm in right now. I am building and I am growing, but I have allowed people to sit at the table with me who do not carry the same burden for ministry or saving the world as I have. 
   
         
 I have allowed women and men into my life who I help them or support them, yet they disappear once they get what I need. They are helpful only when they see a direct benefit for themselves. So, I have come to ask you, "Who is sitting at your table?" You have to protect the vision, your dreams, and your mind at all cost. You, my friend, are free to ask them to get up or you excuse yourself. We are obligated to feed the poor, the widows, and the children but the Bible talks about those who are capable yet lazy or complacent. We are not responsible for them, so we must excuse them. 

          Be bold. Be Confident. Ask Questions

                                                  -Jasmine Edwards 
 

My greatest foe is my own resistance to change.

For some reason changing how I do something is very hard for me because I have a pre-conceived notion about what it is best for me. I already believe that my way of doing something is the best way for me and that there isn't much that someone else can say to deter me. I can become so headstrong that I choose not to listen to anyone else. I do not realize (sometimes) that I could be blocking my own blessings. Noticing that my resistance to change was stunting my growth and ability for progress, I had to ask myself, "What are you going to change?"

I encourage you to think about what is it that you need to change. I know that my impatience towards people who don't seem to understand my eclectic ideas and how I go about executing them. I have to change how I see them in my mind as a threat to my vision or creativity, but use their concern and/or wisdom to help me further my cause. It doesn't give me goosebumps or butterflies to make an intentional mindset shift; however, I know that it is necessary for me to heed to the voice of those who actually might be able to add value to my life. 

Maybe that's what you might need to change. Maybe you have to change who is speaking into your life because perhaps they don't add any real value to your life. We can be attached to people who do not know what it takes to be every ounce of who you are which causes them to take you for granted or take advantage of you. We have to be willing to change our crowd. 

As I write to you, I am convicted within myself about my own resistance to the work that God is trying to do in my life. If I continue to behave as if I do not need the help, then maybe the help will never come. My question to you for this week is: What are YOU going to change? What are you going to become more mindful of what you do or don't do? We are called to do better and be better because God has need of you! 

Love and blessings, 
                              Jasmine Edwards, CEO/Founder of Move Beyond Inc.