Last week I thought a lot about the power I hold and the power I’ve given.
At times I’ve given my power over to people (particularly in the workplace) too easily or undeservedly. It’s made itself “visible” when I bite my tongue or hold back my ideas, to over-explaining or letting someone “rephrase” something I’ve just said 🙄.
When my parents told me (and some of you reading this) that we have to work twice as hard, I didn’t realise just how multifaceted it was. It’s not just a case of getting your head down in your books or at your desk. It’s meant going above and beyond the unwritten, unspoken rules of our education system and our workplaces. It’s mentally preparing for situations outside of our comfort zone, defending ourselves from micro-aggressions, or overcoming stereotypes. It 👏🏾 is 👏🏾 tiring 👏🏾.
On top of that, we then have to work twice as hard to release ourselves from that exhaustive state! We have to recharge. We have to rise up. We have to find our light. We have to go back to our source. We have to find our sauce. We have to get back our power.
Did you know in the bible it says “it’s not by force”?!
“Then he said to me, “This is what the Lord says to Zerubbabel: It is not by force nor by strength, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.”
You have probably seen/heard this verse this way:
“So he answered and said to me: “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the LORD of hosts.”
It’s a reminder that we are not meant to go alone. It reminds us that the power we do have is from and of the Holy Spirit. Yesterday, my Pastor referred to the power of the Holy Spirit as a generator and an enabler.
So with our God-given power, what are we saying to God when we give up and give that power over to someone so freely? What does it say to Christ when we take off and try to be bad and boujee? Are we really telling God “I can do bad all by myself”?! 😶
Ultimately, you can’t have the sauce without a source 🤷🏾♀️
So this Monday, and the rest of this week, set yourself up for success by standing steadfast in the Spirit – the source. Ask Him to direct the power within you for everything you encounter this week.
Too much sauce? It’s not even a question! We were created in His image and a price too high was paid for us to just give up or give over our power or to give in to someone else’s. We all know what happened when God made us:
So have a great week and bring your best (saucy) self – led by the source of course!