Change is hard.
For 15 years, I worked for a brilliant dentist. It was the best job. Flexible hours. Great benefits. Nice people. Lovely Christmas parties. The whole package. But eventually, I felt God calling me away from it and into a full-time speaking and writing ministry.
The call was clear but I hesitated. I’d been with Dr. D. for so long, leaving felt like a divorce. Losing the security of a regular paycheck was scary. Losing the familiarity I had with the staff and the connection with all those patients I had come to know and love was heartbreakingly hard! It felt like a giant leap across a deep ravine.
Confirm what you heard.
As you pray for guidance or answers or the courage to confirm God’s leading, ask these questions.
- Is the direction God is leading consistent with His nature?
- Has He ever lead in this direction before – in the Bible or in your life?
- Do the circumstances line up with a change?
- Are you equipped with the training or experience necessary?
- Have people who love you and love God affirmed the leading?
- Does the change bring you comfort, assurance and peace?
1. Agree with God’s yes.
If you have a yes in your heart and the go-ahead from God, align your actions with his direction and proceed with confidence. “When we are following God’s will for our lives, we will be obeying God’s word in our lives.” – Mark Ballenger
2. Complete the training.
As I eased into following his call into ministry, God gave me more and more opportunities to practice my speaking. As doors opened for me to speak, my confidence and love for ministry grew into an unquenchable passion.
Are you uniquely positioned to follow the call or direction or is there training that needs to be completed or practice you need to do?
3. Confirm the idea.
Seek Godly counsel about the call or leading or change you sense God is giving you. As I considered what moving from the office job to full-time ministry might entail, Dave (my hubz) encouraged me to make the shift. As I talked with women already in speaking ministries, they helped me clarify the “why” of my calling as well as the “what” and “how” to make it happen.
4. Verify through circumstances.
Are doors closing to one area but opening up in another? When I felt God call me to resign from a job that had provided security for 15 years, He also opened doors for me to speak more often. Additionally, the timing was perfect. I was 58. I’d been teaching the Bible for decades. I was an accomplished storyteller. The house was paid for. The kids were flourishing in their careers. Dave was completely supportive of my choice.
5. Wait for peace.
While God may call you into something exciting, even a little scary, you should have peace about the shift. As it became clear to me that I’d have to quit the dentist’s, a peace and excitement swelled in me.
Everything lined up and I made the leap. As you look to the heavens for answers, guidance, and leading, you can confirm that what you’re hearing is from God.
What do you feel God is leading you to do or change? I’d love to agree in prayer with you for the yes in your heart. Leave me a comment below and I’ll pray over every one.
Verse for today: “Great peace have those who love your law; nothing can make them stumble.” Psalm 119:165
Prayer: Lord, I know you only want what is best for us even if that means change. Lord, confirm your leading to us and give us the courage to take action on what you ask. Verify each step of the way. In Jesus Name amen.