MOTIVATION & INSPIRATION
By Deion Sanders with Tejado W. Hanchell, Ph. D
March 20th marks the first day of spring. It represents a fresh start and a new beginning. Somebody (besides me) should be shouting Amen! Many of us look forward to spring every year because, more than anything else, it means winter is over! For those of you up north, it means that the cold weather has packed up and gone on vacation and the sun decided to show up for work. It also means that the days are longer, the nights are shorter, and there’s a whole lot more light to enjoy.
Spring is one of my favorite seasons. Back in my playing days, it meant it was time for spring training. Let me put my boat on the back of the pickup and make sure my tackle box is full. It didn’t matter what disappointments I just encountered during football season. It was time for a new season and a new THANG! That’s a word for someone right there. It doesn’t matter what disappointments you faced in your last season. You have just entered into a brand new season of your life! That means old things are passed away and all things have become new. In the words of one of my favorite gospel artists, Israel & New Breed, “It’s a new season. It’s a new day. A fresh anointing is flowing your way. It’s a season of power and prosperity.” Or like my man, Li’l Wayne says, “We gon ball till we fall!”
Now, I know some of you are saying, “Prime, you trippin’! You don’t know how cold and how dark my winter has been and what I’ve gone through.” No, you don’t know what I’VE been through…and going through. If you don’t just pull up TMZ. I feel like Vickie Winans. I’ve been lied on, cheated, talked about, and mistreated, and I’ve learned that the darkness of the night has no effect on the brightness of the day. The worse your winter…the more satisfying your spring! This is your time! It’s time to take advantage of it. There are three things connected to spring that I believe can help as all take advantage of our new opportunities and make a fresh start.
Sounds of Spring
As I walk outside in the morning, I can’t help but notice the sound of the birds busily chirping as they announce to the whole neighborhood that they’re back from their winterlong vacation in Florida. It amazes me that it doesn’t matter how loud the birds are, they always seems happy. I’ve never seen a depressed bird. I don’t think I’ve ever seen one bird stressed out and on anxiety medicine. I guess that’s why Jesus told us to “Look at the birds” (Matt 6:26). They have a lot to teach us. As we look at the birds, we need to listen to the birds and learn from them. During this spring season of your life, let the birds provide the soundtrack to your life. Pay no attention to the haters trying to pull you down. That’s their job. The fact that they’re trying to pull you down tells you that they’re beneath you! (You should be high-steppin’ right now with yo hand behind yo head!) Learn from the little bird. Just keep singing your song, and eventually you’ll fly right over your problems.
Not only is spring marked by a certain sound, it’s also marked by a certain activity. Spring is the time of year when many people take the opportunity to clean out their closets and garages, get rid of old stuff, and throw away the junk. That’s exactly what we need to do in our lives. Many of us need to clean out our closets and clear out all of those of skeletons andd reminders of our past. We need to do a spring cleaning and get rid of all the old people who keep trying to pull us back instead of push us forward. I call it the mathematics of life. Either you’re adding and helping me multiply or you’re subtracting and dividing from me. One thing you have to realize is that you cannot be successful in your “spring” season holding on to “winter” friends. It’s time to release some folk and put them on waivers. That means some relationships have to go. He/she was no good for you in your winter, what makes you think they’re gonna be good for you in your spring? This is not the time to be carrying around excess baggage. You can’t afford the over weight fees. Drop the baggage so you can fly to your destination!
Every spring also brings with it a change in time. It’s when many timezones switch from Standard Time to Daylightsavings Time. This means that the clocks “spring forward” one hour. This is a hard adjustment at first because you initially lose an hour, but this one-time sacrifice pays off in great dividends. Daylightsavings time means that you get one more hour of sunlight each day…and one less hour of darkness. For some of you, darkness is about to diminish, the night is about to be over, and the sun is getting ready to shine! (I don’t know about you, but I’m up on my feet doing my dance!) The scripture says, “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning!” You’ve got to get up and let joy in. Joy don’t have a key to your house, and she’s very impatient!
YOU ARE A SURVIVOR! The tough times of winter didn’t take you out. Now, you’ve made it to spring, and things are about to get better! It may rain sometimes, but you need the rain to help the new stuff grow. They say “March showers bring April flowers.” I think your life just got a little rosier! Don’t forget to stop and smell them.
Tejado W. Hanchell