Wow! This is the last episode of the year. Thanks again for taking time out of your schedule to listen to the Hustle and Faith podcast. If you haven’t done so already, please be sure to rate and leave a review about this podcast in order to help others to discover it as well. Your support is very much appreciated! 

I just want to take a moment and reflect on 2020.  I know this year was a curveball for all of us.  No one expected life to change to this degree. I know for so many of us, 2020 has been a difficult year.   

My hope is that the Hustle in Faith podcast was in some way shape or form of help and encouragement to those who needed someone in their corner. I created this podcast because I know how helpful and encouraging it is to have a cheerleader in your corner.  Having someone to speak words of life and wisdom can make a huge difference during those dark, lonely periods in our life.  

With this in mind,  I created this podcast in order to share my life experiences as well as my victories for those who need to see that there is light at the end of the tunnel. I am fully aware that not everyone has a built-in cheerleader like I do.  When my life was dark and cloudy, my cheerleader is my mom. She has always been there to strengthen and guide me to the light (Christ).  Christ has all the answers and solutions to our problems.

As we come to the close of 2020, a year that no one will ever forget, my hope is that you properly use this pandemic for self-care as well as self-improvement. I encourage you NOT to focus on the negativity but use this time to shape and redefine your heart, soul, and mind. In other words,  use this time to align your character to the image of Christ. This pandemic can be a point and time whereby you can build up your relationship with Christ.  

Our time spent in seclusion can be a transformation that is as radical as a caterpillar. Consider how a caterpillar starts out in life. It is a pitiful, slimy, little bug that crawls on the ground. With God’s help, it morphs into a beautiful graceful butterfly. This same radical transformation can apply to us if we properly use our time in seclusion. In other words, we too can emerge from our cocoon (aka this pandemic) with the ability to fly above all the obstacles that once psychologically and emotionally trapped us. 

If we focus on improving our relationship with Christ, we would be just like the butterfly that no longer allows life’s obstacles to keep them down. Just like the butterfly is free to fly high above all the obstacles that once distracted and hindered them as a bug, aligning our life to Christ can produce a similar metamorphosis in us. In fact, this radical and miraculous transformation was God’s original purpose for allowing the Israelites to spend time in seclusion (in their case it was the wilderness). 

God’s goal was for the Israelites to morph into holy beings so they could live above Satan’s psychological and emotional bondage (Ex 19:5-6; Lev 11:44; 20:24; 1Pet 1:15-16; 1Thes 4:7). If the Israelites viewed and accepted isolation the way God intended, their stay in the desert (away from heathen nations and worldly distractions) could have been the perfect place for them to spiritually grow and emerge as holy beings with a close relationship with God.

My hope is that you properly use your time in seclusion by building up your relationship with Christ.  This way you can emerge from this pandemic a stronger and wiser person ready to achieve every goal you have in your heart so you’re in a position to be a blessing to others.

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