Category Archives: Encouragement

The Best Way to Make the Greatest Impact

Over the last several years I’ve noticed an epidemic, my generation (the Millennials),  seem to have come under. This epidemic is a kind of pressure we feel to create some “big impact” on the world, and a fear that if we’re not making said “big impact” than we’ll somehow become obsolete, forgotten or left behind. After reading this article “Stop Worrying so Much About Making a Big Impact” and this one too, “6 Myths Millennials Believe About Purpose” I wanted to add my thoughts to the discussion.

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I believe the reason this pressure exists is because it is now easier than ever to create great impact and leave our stamp on the world–if you’re willing to work hard enough. We have several people in our generation to thank for this including Jeff Bazos of Amazon, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, Andrew Mason of Groupon, Michelle Phan of Ispy, and Ben Silbermann of Pinterest, just to name a few of the popular Millennials who not only happen to be extremely successful millionaires, but also people in our own generation. The age of technology has made it possible to turn hobbies into profits, followers into audiences and everyday people into superstars, seemingly overnight. Everyone wants to have a piece of that success. When we hear about how so many of the great businesses and services we enjoy today started in someone’s garage, it can leave us thinking “why didn’t I think of that?” or “that could’ve been me.”

The unfortunate thing about this rush for great impact is that we are facing a generation that is bereft of satisfaction. There is too much emphasis on the big successes and not enough on finding satisfaction in doing the small things well. If we are always looking at what could be, we risk missing out on what already is…

The futuristic mindset, mixed with the attitude of entitlement, and the ability to have whatever we want at the click of a button, has left many Millennials void of gratitude and therefore lacking peace, direction, and purpose.

Here are a few ways I, personally, as a Millennial, attempt to avoid this trap, while fully engaging in all the benefits this age is bringing us.

Gratitude

The quickest way to find peace is through a grateful heart. You might not have or be all the things you want right now, but if you took a step back and really looked at the blessings around you, you would find many reasons to be thankful. Anytime peace feels lacking in my life, I make a mental list of everything I can thank God for, including the things we often take for granted, like a roof over our head, healthy bodies, food to eat, an income to provide… you’ll be surprised how quickly thanksgiving ushers in peace.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition,                     with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the PEACE of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Phil. 4:6,7

Do the small things well

If, after you have made your list and feel more peace, you still feel God is calling you to do more and be more, make sure you are not neglecting your first priorities and the responsibilities God has already given you. For me, this is a delicate balance. I feel called to write, but if my home is in disarray, my children need me, I am exhausted, I haven’t spent time in His Word, or my husband wants to spend time with me, I have to make sure I am not tilting my attention too far in one area and neglecting the other. I have not mastered this. Oftentimes, I can be typing away while there is a disaster happening in the next room, or, more often, I can go long stints without writing because I don’t make time for it. But I am constantly trying to make sure I give attention to my calling as wife-mom-writer. I have learned the three are inextricably connected.

“His master replied, “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share in your master’s happiness!'” 

Don’t Conform

God has uniquely designed you for a special assignment while on this earth. Mine will not look like yours, and yours will not look like hers… It may not be something that is easily seen by others. Making the greatest impact doesn’t mean making the biggest splash. It can be easy to see someone else’s assignment and resent the work he wants done in your life. I have found there are three reasons for this resentment.

  1. You do not know His will for your life.
  2. You know what He has called you to do, but you’re not working diligently in it.
  3. The enemy is occupying your mind, keeping you from pursuing the call of God on your life.

Despite these things, His will remains and He is patient. If you do not know what He wants you to do, ask. If you know, and you’re not doing it, get to work. If the enemy is taking up residence in your mind, renew your mind by spending time in God’s Word and presence. When you do, you will make the greatest impact. 

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test God’s will–His good, pleasing and perfect will.” Ro 12:2

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This Could Change Everything

Lately God’s been showing me a lot about love, and it has changed me. It’s nothing eloquent or polished. Mostly just a collection of thoughts strung together like the beads of a necklace.

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Everyone has someone in their life who might be harder to love than others. It might be a family member, a co-worker, a spouse, a child making poor decisions….

These thoughts aren’t new, but over the last few weeks they have taken on a whole new meaning to me and opened my eyes to how I can love others even better.

  • You can’t love someone for who you want them to be. You have to love them for who they are. Right where they’re at.
  • When you love someone for who they are, they can sense it. It draws them near.
  • When you love someone for who you wish they were, they can sense it. It pushes them away.
  • If you continue to love someone for who you wish they were, you will always be disappointed.
  • You can’t change anyone.
  • It is exhausting to try and change someone.
  • But love does change. You.
  • There is freedom in choosing to love someone for who they are.
  • I want to be loved for who I am. Don’t you?
  • Jesus loved us all for who we were, right where we were at.
  • The capacity to love the hard-to-love people is found in Jesus.

I wish I had realized these things a little sooner in life. It would’ve saved me a lot of stress and heartache.

Armed with these thoughts now, however, I feel the strength that comes from them and I am different.

I pray you are too.

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8

(Previously published)

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4 Ways the Enemy Wants to Steal Your Influence Today

When I was in youth ministry I found myself counseling many influential teenagers saying the same thing to each, “If the enemy can get you down, think of how many other people he can bring down. You are an influencer. You are a leader.”

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I’ve discovered the same is true for anyone who follows Christ and wants to make a positive influence on those around them.

If the enemy can get you down, how many other people can he bring down?

  • Your husband who might need extra encouragement and love today.
  • Your children who might need an extra hug, extra grace, or the reminder of where their identity comes from.
  • The lady at the grocery store who just got off the night shift at her other job, struggling to make ends meet.
  • Your co-worker who isn’t sharing the pain of what happened last week.
  • A friend on Facebook who is working hard to reach a goal.

There are countless opportunities to lift others up today, but if we are falling prey to the enemy’s scheme to keep the focus on ourselves we will miss those opportunities.

  • He wants to steal your joy today through comparison.
  • He wants to destroy your confidence today by focusing your attention on what you don’t have.
  • He’ll try to convince you that you don’t have that much influence, so it’s not a big deal if you’re down.
  • He’ll try to hold you back so all the other people you might interact with today won’t be touched by your generous, compassionate and loving heart.

DON’T LET HIM!

What’s a stake? Only God knows. Stop right now and show encouragement to someone in your life and then keep doing it all day.

Pray: God, help me to be available today to be used by you. Show me who you want me to lift up with an encouraging word, comment or prayer. Fill me with your spirit today so I can confidently love others as you have so graciously loved me. 

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Courage to Create

iu-6I read something the other day that has stuck with me.

Creativity takes mass amounts of courage, criticism takes much much less.

It comes all too naturally to look at what others are doing and feel the sting of criticism prick it’s way into our minds. It’s even easier when it comes to criticizing ourselves.

It’s easier to criticize. It takes less time, less effort and less bravery. But it is not beautiful.

It is the death of creativity, the death of beauty.

I’ve realized that it is easier to criticize when I am not creating. And perhaps criticism is just a cowards form of creativity.

I don’t want to take the easy road. Creating takes more courage because it is harder, takes effort and often times, pain to make something out of nothing.

Creativity is beautiful.

I want to be a part of making the world beautiful.

(Previously published April 2014)

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You’re Not Important

I missed something the other day at church.

I didn’t realize I missed it until this morning, when I was doing my Bible reading. I was in Galatians (probably my favorite book in the Bible) when I read about a visit Paul made to preach in Jerusalem … the details aren’t important. What caught my eye was this scripture. “As for those who seemed to be important–whatever they were makes no difference to me;” 

When I read that scripture an image flashed in my mind like a old slide projector blinking on. I saw a woman sitting in the chair next to mine at church. Not inside, but out in the lobby where the chairs are arranged in a half square shape. I was feeding a doughnut to my daughter, and the woman was sitting to my right. I said something to her about how good the doughnut looked, but she only barely smiled. Before my attention was pulled away I noticed her clothes were not nice. She was heavy in weight and spirit and it looked like she had tossed and turned all night.

On my left was someone who would be considered important by most people’s standards. My attention was pulled away because he asked me a question and I wanted to talk to him. I knew him. He was easy to talk to and it made me feel good to be in conversation with someone so respected.

We finished our chat and took my daughter to class. On my way back through the lobby I noticed the same woman sitting in the same chair, except this time she was crying. Someone was sitting in the seat I had just vacated, ministering to her. Holding her hand. No doubt praying over whatever grievance was weighing so heavily on her.

I missed it. I missed the opportunity to be used.

After reading the scripture this morning, which goes on to say “God does not judge by external appearance” I felt compelled to make a commitment to God from that moment to look for the unimportant, the unloved, the unknown.  I want to have eyes to see, a heart to notice, and the courage to speak up when I feel Him leading me to minister. I don’t want to be self-important, spending time with only the important type people Paul was rejecting. I want to be unimportant with a passion for other unimportants.

And I think that is the most important work I know.

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I’m Messy!

I heard God speak to me yesterday through my two-year-old. We were in the car and she had just finished a very messy snack that left her hands and face smudged with sticky chocolate. If you know my daughter, you know this was a tragedy of epic proportions.

From the back seat she cried in horror, “I’m messy!”
To which I replied, “It’s ok, baby. I’ll clean you up as soon as we stop.”
I felt it then, in the stillness of my spirit, the parallel of Christ’s relationship with me compared to that of my two-year-old daughter. I’m sure I’ve said those words to Him a time or two, in my desperation, probably after I’ve tried to clean myself up and failed. “I’m messy! Clean me up!”
To which He always replies, “It’s ok, child. I will wipe you clean.”

I parked the car at our next stop and opened her door to asses the damage.

“My pants,” she whined, pointing to her white pants that would probably stain. (who puts white pants on a toddler? I do, apparently.) True she was a mess, but that’s not what I focused on.

“It’s OK,” I pulled out a fresh, white wipe from the package and proceeded to wipe her little face clean. As I did, I felt another whisper.
This is what Jesus does for you.
I smiled, my heart overcome with thankfulness as I watched that fresh, white wipe become dingy with the mess she had made. She was becoming clean. Just like every person can when they cry out to him.
“There! All better,” I said, wiping her little hands and kissing her chubby cheek, drying up the last of the tears. I didn’t care about the mess. I wasn’t mad that she had made it. I know she will make many more, but that doesn’t make me love her less. The same is true for us when we bring our mess to Him.

I thank God for the reminder of His great love for me even in the smallest, seemingly mundane tasks of life. Maybe they aren’t so mundane after all.

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The Beauty of Obedience

Lately, I keep coming across the subject of obedience. Exciting, right? But when I’m reminded of a single word and concept more than a few times, it stops being a coincidence. The more I dug in to what I felt the Lord speaking to me, the more I realized how critical it is to Him that His followers obey His voice. If you will stick with me for a longer-than-usual post, I know you will also see the importance. Writing this out is as much for me as for anyone who might read. It’s an obedience thing.

For a long season of my life I felt the Lord calling me to write a book. I kept putting it off. For years I made excuses but His quiet whispers continually led me back to this task. No matter if anyone read it, or if it was ever published, He simply asked me to finish it. But I allowed many things to keep me from accomplishing it. During the course of the last year I finally finished the manuscript. In that time I have learned valuable lessons about obedience and disobedience that I’m ready to share with you.

Perhaps you are like I was, living in the neglect of a known duty. Something you know the Lord has placed on your heart to carry out, or simply start, but you haven’t done it. For some, it might be that you are living with a destructive habit or sin God has asked you to give up. Perhaps a difficult conversation needs to happen or a leap of faith you’ve been too afraid to take. No matter where you find yourself, I pray these thoughts will strike a chord in your heart and inspire you to take a step into obedience, and then another, and another.

Why We Disobey

At the beginning of June, I started a Bible reading challenge to read or listen to the entire Bible in 90 days. That’s where I came across 1 Samuel 15:22. Saul was told to completely destroy the Amalakites and take no plunder. Instead, he saved the best of the sheep and cattle to sacrifice to the Lord. A noble gesture. After all, making a sacrifice to the Lord was a good thing, and part of the religious custom of that day. I’m sure King Saul’s motives were pure. I’m sure he thought the Lord would be pleased with the way he went above and beyond what God had asked him to do. But the Lord was not pleased. He spoke through his prophet Samuel: “Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the LORD? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.”

I realized how often we do this in our walk with Christ. God asks us to do something but instead of simply obeying we do something else. Not bad things. We may in fact, do very good things—making sacrifices. But if it is not what God has asked us to do, it is not obedience.

It is amazing when you read through the Old Testament how many times the Israelites sacrificed great offerings to God, and yet were totally disobedient to Him. The problem was that they considered their sacrifice to be sufficient, and sadly, we do the same thing.

There are three reasons that might lead us to this disobedience.

Pride—We think our idea is better. Whether consciously or unconsciously we assume responsibility to carry out something that the Lord didn’t tell us to do. Perhaps we don’t want to look like a fool to others by fully obeying God, so we allow our pride to get in the way of our obedience. Or, like King Saul, our motive might be pure in doing something other than what God has asked us to do but we just assuage our conscious by side-stepping what He really wants from us, our obedience. For example, perhaps the Lord has prompted you to start a ministry, lead a life group, get on a budget, love your husband unconditionally, stop comparing, or spend time investing in your children. If you fill your time with other activities, even good things, you are not obeying God. You are making a sacrifice.

Distractions and laziness—You wouldn’t believe how many times I’ve stopped writing this blog to check Instagram or send a text. Seriously. Distractions—that we allow—and the laziness that controls our motivations are huge barriers in our obedience to God. The problem with distractions and laziness is that although God desires your obedience, it’s not always going to be easy. There are ways to make it easier, (we’ll get to that soon) but a lot of the time, especially when you first start taking those steps toward obedience, it’s going to take work and many of us are unwilling to put in the work. So we do other things that are easier, thinking maybe God will be pleased since we at least did something. I am guilty of this all the time. In my life, I joke that you’ll always know when the Lord has asked me to sit down and write—my house is clean, refrigerator organized, toilets scrubbed, and dusting complete. I am great at doing the other things and avoiding the One Thing—the thing He’s asked me to do.

Fear—Fear of the unknown, of failure, ridicule, success or change. Many cases of disobedience are born out of fear. Believe me, I’ve lived it. We may want to accomplish the calling of God but our fear keeps us from moving forward. It’s too hard and overwhelming. We don’t know where to start. We don’t know what we’re doing. Fear can drive us to “make sacrifices” instead of simply obeying.

Disobedience drives us away from relational intimacy. Just as Adam and Eve hid in the garden after they had disobeyed God, we hide from His presence when we are living in disobedience. My personal relationship with Christ suffered greatly during my season of disobedience. Every time I would attempt to seek the Lord and spend time with him, the reminder of what I hadn’t yet done was so distracting that I began to avoid those intimate times. I was always looking for a new word from God, a new touch from Him. Each time I approached, I sensed His loving, patient, yet firm tone saying: I have already told you what to do. It hasn’t changed.

For me, I’ve fallen prey to all these examples and whether I’ve realized it or not, my disobedience was an act of rebellion against God. Of course, none of us would admit to outwardly rebelling against God, but our actions speak in volumes what our intentions never could. That is why obedience can never come from good intentions. Obedience must come from something much stronger, from the very core of who we are, the thing that beats within us: Our heart.

Why We Obey

God told us himself through His beloved King David: “You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart.”

God doesn’t need us to obey Him. He wants us to obey Him. It’s for our benefit, not His.
Throughout scripture, it is made clear: the only thing God is after is our heart. Not our religion. Not our actions. Not our works. Us. He’s after you. He longs to capture your heart and make you fall in love with Who He is because He knows He’s the best thing you could ever behold. It is out of that love relationship that obedience flows freely, and more easily. Not begrudgingly, or arduous, or out of duty, but from a place of awe and worship at what a magnificent and mighty God He is. Obedience to His voice is the overflow which pours from a life filled with love and devotion. When you start with love, obedience comes much easier.

It was through that love and devotion that I finally began to take steps toward obedience to the calling He’d given me. The intimacy I found with Him dissolved my pride. Falling in love with His heart gave me the courage I needed when I felt doubtful. The sacrifice He made inspired me when I felt lazy. But, best of all, is that His love drove out my fear. “There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear.” I’ll be honest. There are times the fear is still there, but the difference is that His love outweighs the fear, and drives my obedience. Obedience is the test of whether we live for God or not.

The good news for us: there will always be grace for disobedience. But what we need to remember is there might not always be the blessings that come with obedience.

For some of you, you’ll start today. God has already spoken. It hasn’t changed. For others, you may need to grow your love for Christ before those first few steps can happen. My prayer for anyone is that you will do the thing God has asked you to do, no matter when you start, or how long it takes you.

If we belong to Christ, our obedience belongs to Him as well. If he does not have our obedience, He doesn’t fully have us.

He speaks so He can be obeyed.

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Jump off the Precipice

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If God has called you to do something He probably won’t roll out the red carpet and make it easy. He may give you some tools like a pick and a rope and ask you to climb a mountain that seems impossible at first. You’re not sure where it leads, or what it looks like, or why He asked you to do it, but there comes a time when you must take that step anyway. Usually it’s when the fear of doing nothing outweighs the fear of trying.

Jump off the precipice called playing it safe and into the chasm called the unknown.

Don’t look back and wish you had done something.

Do it.

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Mental Toughness

Mental toughness. Those two words have been coming to mind a lot over the last few months. When I find myself faced with something that could be overwhelming, discouraging or downright unfair, I keep going back to mental toughness. Maybe it’s a sign I’m growing up. Or maybe I’m just catching up to everyone else around me. I’m not sure which one. I’d like to think I’ve always been pretty mentally tough, but the truth is, I think I’m growing in this area with each situation that comes my way. Then again, how else does one become mentally tough without facing challenging obstacles in which to grow?

So many of life’s obstacles are won or lost in the mind. I like to think of it as the little saying on your car’s side window goes:

“Objects in mirror are closer than they appear.”

Obstacles in life are often easier than they appear in our minds. Often times it can be the perceived difficulty of a thing, that keeps us from ever venturing out and starting it. We play it up in our minds making it worse than it really is, and in-so-doing we can lose a battle without even starting. Making it unnecessarily more difficult than it needs to be. But mental toughness allows us to rise above, bringing into focus the blur of the unknown that makes us shrink back in fear. With mental toughness we can always win the battles that come with everyday life.

Before you write me off as idealistic, let me give you a few examples.

I’m a runner. I can say that because on a regular basis I get out and run. I love to run. I enjoy it. I’m not a great runner, or particularly fast, but there is something about running that gives me pleasure. Maybe it’s the uninterrupted time I get to pull parallels out of running and match them to my everyday life. This happens often on my runs.

Recently, my husband, sisters and I traveled to Tulsa for a race. The day before the race, one of my sisters informed me that she heard the route was extremely hilly and difficult. “I’m scared,” she joked through text, but like every joke a sliver of truth shown through. For a moment I felt the fear of the unknown creep into my mind, threatening to take the mental toughness and excitement I felt for the race right out of me. But I stopped and those two little words came to me again. Mental toughness.

I cannot let the hills defeat me before I’ve even set foot on the route.

As it turns out, the race was extremely hilly and difficult. Probably the most difficult route I have ever run, but I finished faster than I thought I would. While “enjoyment” is not the word I would use to describe my experience, the thrill of accomplishing a difficult obstacle only fueled my ideas of mental toughness more.

Through my own experience of transformation and weight-loss I’ve had the privilege of helping other women face the battle of their own food addiction and weight-loss. I’ve come to understand this food obstacle is also much harder in the mind’s eye than in real life. We make this out to be more difficult than it has to be. We place the blame on external sources, when the truth is, it’s our own mental weakness that keeps us from the goal we’re trying to attain. This is a simple fix. Choose what is healthy. Eat less. Exercise more. Stay consistent. It takes great mental toughness to make all those things work together at the same time, but it is not as difficult as your mind is making it out to be. I know because I’ve been there. It is a choice.

The past several months have been a trying season while my husband travels often for work. My back injury has resurfaced more times than I like to acknowledge and I am in pain a lot. It keeps me from doing things I love and even functioning pain free in everyday life. There have been times I’ve wanted to throw a pity party for myself, make a pot of queso and invite all my friends. But those two words have continued to resurface. Mental toughness. I could give up and whine and complain and make myself miserable with feeling sorry for myself, lamenting that life isn’t fair, but where would that lead me? What good does it do to complain about things you cannot change? What purpose is there in dragging your feet through a season you’re obviously being asked to walk through?

I’ve come to realize many of our painful or trying circumstances have little if anything to do with us. God, in His infinite wisdom, will always use a trial in more ways than our futile minds can understand. When we take this mindset our eyes are taken off ourselves and opened to those around us. It might inspire someone else as they see our mental toughness taking on our trials.
It might develop empathy in us we didn’t know we needed.

I don’t pretend to have a hard life. I know I’m blessed and my complaints and obstacles are laughable compared to the paths I see others walking in their own lives. But the idea of mental toughness is proportionate to the individual and the obstacles they face. I believe the amount of mental toughness you need is the amount you will get when you make the decision to not let your circumstances overwhelm you. Don’t forget, so many of life’s obstacles are won or lost in the mind.

I feel like this is an unfinished thought, and maybe that’s ok. I question where does my mental toughness end and God’s strength begin? But maybe that’s not the right line of thinking in the first place. Maybe having mental toughness means I realize I cannot do anything in my own strength, apart from Jesus, at least not anything that will last. I don’t know… what do you think?

One thing I do know, mental toughness gives me the strength to rest in the freedom that comes from rising above my circumstances. Yes, freedom. It’s actually there.

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You Can Only Do What You Can Do

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Yesterday I was getting frustrated… at myself… at the challenge I’m on… at the world! (Dramatic, right?) I was beginning to feel the old familiar thoughts that used to rule my mind and my actions. It reminded me of my old habits of self-sabatoage and giving up. I thought to myself, “I should be seeing faster results! I’ve been so faithful (for three weeks) why am I not getting to my goal quicker? Why can’t I be like this person or that person who seem to have what I want?”

I get this way sometimes about various things in my life, not just weight loss goals, but marriage goals, mommy goals, leadership goals, ministry goals, relationship goals… I look up from the journey I’m on, thinking, I should be way farther along than I am. But when I look up and see the road sign I’m just passing, I get frustrated and stamp my feet, “Why am I not getting there?!”

But the truth is, I am getting there. It might just be a little (or a lot) slower than I would like. I’ve been speaking this mantra in my head for a while now:

“You can only do what you can do.”

I can’t do anything else. I can’t control the situation. I can’t make my body lose weight faster (at least not the healthy way) I can’t control how my kids are going to act (only guide them) I can’t make more readers visit my blog, or get a publisher to look my way. I can’t jump to the end without enduring the journey. That’s the easy way out.

I can only do what I can do.

I can…

eat healthy and exercise regularly.

I can…

teach my children, grow them in the Word, and spend time with them.

I can…

write everyday and improve my craft.

Do you ever get this way? Do you ever find yourself frustrated because of the things you can’t do or because you feel you’re getting no where? I think the only time we can get frustrated is when we AREN’T doing what we can do. And that frustration should drive us to make a change. If we’re not doing what we can do, why not? And if we are doing what we can do, why complain?

I remember I would feel this way a lot during my time in ministry. I felt so driven to grow the ministry, to make it better and when things weren’t going the way I thought they should, I felt angry, overwhelmed, frustrated. But I had to learn during that time, that I can only do what I can do, God will do the rest. I’m not God. I have to let Him be God.

This thought was confirmed in my spirit the other day when I was reading in Luke 16:10

“Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.”

This was such a great reminder to me, that I need to continue to do what only I can do and not worry about the rest. I’m to be faithful in the small, everyday areas of life and put my head down (or rather look up to Him) and walk the journey He has me on, without worrying how far I’m going, or how far I’ve come.

One thing that the scripture doesn’t say is how long you are to be faithful in the little things. It doesn’t say, “if you can be trusted with very little, for a while, you can be trusted also in much, later on.”

There is no time limit to being faithful.

You remain faithful for the rest of your life. This scripture isn’t about gaining more. I’ve always read it to mean: “if I do well with what I’ve been given, then God will give me more” and maybe that’s true, in a sense, but that is an attitude of greed (what’s in it for me). This scripture to me, now that I’m looking at it more closely, is about integrity. If your heart is pure, and can be trusted with what you have, it can be trusted with what you don’t yet have. God has been revealing to me lately that my heart is not as pure as I thought it was or want it to be. And how would I ever learn that if I skipped the journey? I wouldn’t have.

The journey is the blessing, not the destination.

I can only do what I can do, so I journey on and continue.

If this makes any sense to you at all, I commend you. If this encourages you at all, I’m blessed. Like I’ve said before, I write to discover what I know and more often than not, through my own writing, I learn what I need to learn.

Thanks for reading my ramblings.

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