When Naomi was walking with her two daughters-in-law Orpah and Ruth, she turned to them saying: Ruth 1:8-9
«Return each one to her mother's house; The Lord show mercy to you, as you have done to the dead and to me. The Lord grant that you may find rest, each in her husband's house.” She kissed them. They cried. Both said, “Surely we will go with you to your people” (Ruth 1:10).
Naomi told them: “Turn back, my daughters; why do you have to go with me? Do I have more children in the womb, who can be your husbands? Turn back, my daughters, and go; for I am too old to have a husband” (Ruth 1:11-12).
They raised their voice again. They cried again. Orpah left. Ruth stayed with her.
- Naomi rebukes her: “Behold, your sister-in-law has returned to her people and her gods; turn back after her” (Ruth 1:15).
- Ruth is tenacious.
- She is bold.
- She is focused.
- Her husband is dead.
- His father-in-law is dead.
- Your sister-in-law has returned to her family.
- His mother-in-law is telling him to go home.
- There is no one to encourage her around her.
- She doesn't have a single cheerleader in her life.
- She is alone.
- She is the only one with the desire to pursue a different future.
- There are no encouraging memories of the past.
- In his present there are no encouraging motivations.
- Her future is in front of her alone.
- She knows it. “Do not beg me to leave you, and turn away from you; because wherever you go, I will go, and wherever you live, I will live.
- Your people will be my people, and your God my God. Where you die, I will die, and there I will be buried; so may the Lord do to me, and even add to me, that only death will separate us two” (Ruth 1:16-17).
She was wanting to motivate herself when no one else was able or cared
- It's wonderful when your spouse is there to hold your hand through the valleys of uncertainty.
- Your pastor is a gift from the Lord when he looks you in the eye and says, "I prayed for you last night and God told me to assure you and tell you that your circumstances are going to change very soon."
But what if there is no one in your life to speak an encouraging word to you?
- Would you still persist in continuing down the path you chose?
- Would you still stay focused?
- Would you bravely and tenaciously pursue your dream and your goal—even though no one really cares at all?
That is what made Ruth an Unforgettable Woman
- That's what can make you an unforgettable champion right now.
- You see, every true champion knows the seasons of loneliness.
- Moses must have known seasons when he felt insignificant, alone in the desert.
- David must have felt disconnected from the great weather his brothers enjoyed as they won victory after victory with Saul's army.
- Indeed, it is wonderful and desirable to have encouragement and encouragement around you.
But if you're going to actually produce something important, you must learn the secret of motivating yourself…motivating yourself…reaching the deepest currents of your heart. If you keep waiting for someone else—you will never move from where you are.
- You can stay motivated.
- You can stay excited.
- You can stay energized.
- You can motivate yourself—when you develop a consuming obsession for the specific future you want.
Then stop complaining that your spouse is not interested in your personal dreams.
- Stop sobbing when your children show no interest in your personal goals.
- Stop throwing your self-pity parties. Nobody attends them anyway.
- Embrace your future. Do it, with joy and with all the enthusiasm because tomorrow is going to be the best season of your life!
Pastor Yoanny Martinez