Set The Stage

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Recently I’ve been really into the musical Hamilton. Like, I’ve watched it several times now and I have had a lot of the songs on repeat in my mind. 

It’s such a well thought out performance and it’s perfectly executed from a viewer’s standpoint. 

Lyrical perfection is what I like to call it.

What we see is just that, but what we don’t see is all the hours they put into learning it. 

From the choreography and acting to learning the songs themselves, I can tell you with certainty that a 2+ hour musical that’s perfectly executed like it is did not just happen overnight. It took hard work, discipline, and effort on their parts to bring it to where it’s at today.

As human beings, we have a tendency to compare ourselves to other people and think about how much they’ve succeeded, where they are in their life, and all the nice things they have, and how we wish we were in their shoes. 

We get envious and jealous, but what we don’t too often see is how they got there.

Just like in the case for the cast of Hamilton. 

First of all, they didn’t get the part by accident or mistake. They had to be intentional, go after it, and prove that they were deserving of the part. 

And secondly, it took them blood, sweat, and tears to bring it to the standard of Broadway.

If it didn’t come easy for them, and it doesn’t come easy for the majority of people, why do we think we are the exception? Why do we think it should just fall into our laps?

Nothing great or worth having comes easy. It does take work. It does take discipline. It requires effort and consistency as well as not allowing your emotions (👋 hello, laziness) to hold you back.

Wouldn’t it be nice if it all just fell on us? If we woke up and suddenly we were where we wanted to be in life? Driving our dream car to our dream job, then going to our dream home with our dream family. 

But as I said… nothing great or worth having comes easy. 

Why? I think that maybe it’s because of the journey. The journey from where we were to where we want to go might be long or difficult, but the experiences amidst that help prepare us for what is to come.

They help set the stage for the next season.

So I want you to think about where you are in your life right now and ask yourself the following:

Where do I want to be?

How far have I come so far?

What steps can I take to advance me towards where I want to be?

What things can I change in my life/schedule to help me reach my goals?

Write these things down. Make a plan, be consistent and stick with it, resisting and rejecting the urge to become complacent and embracing the greatness that God has planted within you.

Our viewpoints and attitudes set the tone, so it’s important to line them up with God’s Word. His Word brings life and health as well as wisdom, and it will light our path to show us which direction will be best. 

And then don’t allow the seemingly difficult or unpleasant things hold you back from where God is leading you and where you want to be. Let these set the stage in your life.

I don’t know about you, but I’m not going to throw away my shot just because the road looks tough. 😉

Until next time, my friends


An adventurer and coffee enthusiast at heart, Caleigh Ball has a passion for reaching out to others to inspire them to live with intention and purpose. As an ordained minister, she spends her time ministering as a youth pastor and is actively involved in Arise Ministries as the vice president and bookkeeper as well as one of the ministers. She enjoys life with her husband, Emmanuel, and their cat, Alaska, in their home state, Almost Heaven West Virginia.

Find Caleigh on Instagram at @caleigh.ball 

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