Year 4: It’s Time to Work

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For the past three years, on February 3rd, I’ve written a blog post or created an IG video acknowledging another year as a resident of Los Angeles. This year, I wasn’t going to do one because I felt like it was dramatic and unnecessary. I mean it’s just my fourth year, not as significant as year one or year three (a number associated with completion and wholeness). Instead in the wee hours of February 2nd, I decided to look up the meaning of the number 4. Prophet Google gave me a word I couldn’t keep to myself:

4 is the number of being, it is the number that connects mind~body~spirit with the physical world of structure and organization. Four symbolizes the safety and security of home, the need for stability and strength on a solid foundation of values and beliefs.  –Source

I’ve moved around a lot during my time in Los Angeles. I’m talking at least seven moves in the last four years; whether it was to be closer to work or a sudden change in my household, I’ve found myself packing up boxes and trash bags and reserving a $19.99 (+mileage) U-Haul and heading across town (if you need any moving tips I’m ya girl). That being said, you can understand that seeing the words stability, security, and home connected to the number 4 really drew me in.

This past year, more than ever, I’ve just wanted to be settled; to establish my roots in a place that I could call home. God has shown me that home is wherever He places me, but I just wanted to have the stability to unpack without fear of getting too comfortable, only to have to pick up and move again.

Then, I researched 4’s biblical meaning. Genesis 1:14-19 was referenced describing the fourth day of creation.

:14 And God said, ‘Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.’ And it was so…

:19 And there was evening, and there was morning—the fourth day.

One of the mantras God gave me entering 2019 is, “it is time.” This scripture confirms that God is separating me from former seasons and guiding me into the new. He is marking this as a new time and not just because it’s the beginning of the year.

I wasn’t excited about the New Year this go ’round. I believe God’s measurement of time is so different from ours that we can’t put all of our hope and resolutions into a 12-month period. However, I do believe there is relevance in the changing of seasons and from day to night. God is very detailed and uses every aspect of this grand universe we live in to steer us.

Last year, I wondered what the number 3 meant in my life. Was it time to relocate again? Would I finally be finished developing independently and gain a soul/purpose mate? But I get it now; it was the completion of an era. There were certain struggles that the enemy held over my head that I had to be set free from. I had to get to a point where I could conquer the things that once held me bound. The season of defeat was done with; I had started a new time. A brand new time like never before in my life.

The 4 is pragmatic and focused with specific goals, and it is highly likely to achieve them. To achieve the goals, real goals that build a foundation of security for the future — to achieve those goals requires work. Work and dedication. Goals aren’t reached without doing the work to achieve them.

The deep down basic essence of the numerology number 4 is focus — a focus on doing the actions it takes to accomplish goals related to building a secure foundation for the future.  –Source

I truly, truly believe that security is in this next chapter for me, but knowing how God works, I’m sure it won’t be in the traditional sense. I don’t know if I’ll ever be someone to live in the same place for multiple years. The idea sounds nice but I don’t know that that is what God has for me. Now, more than ever, I’m understanding the importance of connecting with people. Our purpose is to bring new believers into the Kingdom of Heaven. That is why we still tell stories today of Paul and Ruth and Moses and Joshua. These were selfless individuals who sacrificed the familiarity of home to focus on their Father’s business. And that is what God wants from me and you, but we have to do the work.

Kevin Hart and his Plastic Cup Boyz often say a phrase that resonates with me, “Everybody wants to be famous, nobody wants to do the work.” As Christians, we should want to make God famous, but realize that there is great work involved. You’re on a job that you dread? How are you going to commit to your work to inspire someone else and ultimately bless yourself in return? How are you going to shift the trajectory of your position?

I notice that my short-term relationships are often quick assignments to stir something in me that I was lacking. Recently, there was an individual in my life sent to ignite work ethic in me. I was wondering why things weren’t happening the way I’d hoped– why my finances weren’t greater despite new business endeavors, why I was still working a basic job considering my education and talent. God showed me that I was being lazy. On my off days, I found myself doing nothing. I had opportunities to make more money that laziness kept me from. This assigned person helped me change my attitude and actually work for the things I want, and I’ve immediately noticed a shift.

Year 4 for me is about establishing a strong foundation. I am building principles that are the standard to seeing real fruit in my life. These principles will allow me to create a legacy that will last well after I leave this earth. All of these things are the result of focus. I mentioned earlier that God gave me the words, “It’s time.” What He was saying is it’s time to get to work.

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