Sometimes You’ve Got to Be the Answer to Your Prayers

If you’re one of the millions of people who look at the end of the year as a time to reflect and set new goals for the coming year, I want to stress something to you… Next Year Starts Now. So don’t wait a second longer to start working towards your plans, goals and dreams. Even if you think you don’t have all of the pieces pulled together just yet. Just start where you are. Make the commitment to do one thing today that will move you in the direction you’re trying to go in.

Don’t wait. Don’t put it off until after the holidays, hoping that somehow you’re goals will magically come into fruition. Think of it this way: Each day that you delay the pursuit of your plans and goals, you also delay the changes you want to make. And while good things come to those who wait, greater things come to those who take action.

Waiting for your life to get better without doing anything to change your current situation is like getting in your car, sitting in the driver’s seat, buckling up your seat belt yet refusing to put your hands on the steering wheel hoping that the car will drive itself. It’s completely nuts. Even more, it’s a surefire way to set yourself up for disappointment. There is no way in the world that you can get from point A to point B unless you’re willing to take action. Our lives work the same way. In order for transformation to occur…I’m talking about real change here, you’ve got to be willing to put in the work.

Last month, on my blog talk radio radio show “The No More Drama Hour of Power,” the topic was, “Next Year Starts Now.” I was joined by Kenneth Braswell author of “When The Tear Won’t Fall,” Deborah Cofer, author of “Sistah Power,” and Michael Reynolds, host of “The Daily Grind.” They shared strategies for stepping up your game and getting ready for 2010. The common themes that kept coming up were: faith, purpose, action and persistence.

As I reflect on last night’s show and my own goals for the coming year, I am reminded of the biblical story of the woman with the issue of blood in Mathew 9: 19-22 of the Bible. There are many lessons that we can pull from this biblical story, but one that stands out for me with respect to making your life better and achieving your goals is the importance of faith, purpose, action and persistence. The story goes that there was a woman with an issue of blood. We don’t know exactly what caused the issue or why she had it for twelve years. But one thing we do know is that she was sick and tired of being sick and tired and she went after her goals with faith, purpose, action and persistence. Here were the steps she too.

Step 1. She had a goal: To be healed

Step 2. She took bold action: She pushed through the crowd and made her way to Jesus. Then touched the hem of his robe.

Step 3. She had faith: She believed wholeheartedly, “If I can just touch the helm of his robe I’ll be healed.

Step 4. She persisted. Even though she was probably looking like a hot mess covered in blood with people snubbing their nose at her. Even though Jesus was surrounded by people and on his way to someplace else, this woman did not let the fact that she may have caught him at an inconvenient time to stop her from pursuing her goal of receiving her breakthrough.

Step 5. She was ready for her blessing. So much so that Jesus himself said, “Daughter be encouraged, your faith has made you well.” Jesus was the conduit but the woman had to be open and ready to receive what was rightfully hers… a breakthrough.

So today, as you think about what you want for yourself and your loved ones for the coming year… Do like the woman with the issue of blood. 1.) Have a goal. 2.) Take bold action. 3.) Have faith. 4.) Persist with tenacity. 5.) Get ready to receive what is rightfully yours. And remember sometimes in order to get an answer to your prayers you’ve got to do like the woman with the issue of blood and be willing to be the answer.


Cassandra Mack, MSW, is a trained social worker, keynote speaker, consultant, corporate trainer, author of several successful books including, “Young, Gifted and Doing It: 52 Power Moves for Teens, ” Cool, Confident and Strong: 52 Power Moves for Girls,” “The Busy Woman’s Little Book of Motivation,” and “The Single Mom’s Little Book of Wisdom,” which are all available at: Cassandra is the founder and CEO of Strategies for Empowered Living Inc. a company dedicated to helping people grow through empowering workshops, in-service training, personal-growth products and consultation services. For more information go to: To listen to Cassandra Mack’s radio show, “The No More Drama Hour of Power,” go to:

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  1. chris, 8 years ago

    excellent words of encouragement

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