Benita Hopkins | Week 22



“In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”  1 Thessalonians 5:18 KJV


This season of my life, I spend more time than usual giving thanks for the opportunities I’ve been given by God.  Working with Not For Sale has been one of them.  The opportunity to gain a wealth of information, create ideas and implement them, be heard and follow through with a vision.  Vision — not only does its definition refer to the faculty of sight, but “unusual competence in discernment or perception; intelligent foresight.”  Those associated with this organization have a keen perception and vision that far surpasses others in this field of life work.  I say that because, not only are the thought processes in the “now”, but also the “not yet”.  Constant emphasis is given to what is to come.  With that in mind, a well-thought-out vision, one that is always written down and in front you, will keep vision before you, innovative and ever-changing.


This week I was reminded of just that.  Know my vision in this life work, focus on the central theme of my part in this fight and do it!  This was a short week due to the Thanksgiving Holiday, but before we called it quits for the week, we had a leadership training session by a special guest, Chet Scott from Built to Lead.  It was an insightful time of reflection and to really think things through.  My main highlight of the four hours was a quote by Francois Auguste Rene Chateaubriand.  My paraphrase is as follows:  a person who is sold on his vision and purpose in life, does it “all out”, to the glory of God and someone else can’t tell the difference between his work or his play.  One must find their opus (work or labor of love).  Very few people live this way.  I have always tried to the best of my ability (at least the last twenty years) and intend to continue to live this way as I progress through the seasons of life.


As you can see, this has been a week of deep reflection, though a short work week.  It has been a welcomed one spent with close family and friends.


With many things to be thankful for,


“. . .until the whole world hears.”



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