Dare to dream again.
God called me to ministry – to teach and speak and write to women in such a way that inspires and equips them to trust God more and follow Jesus more closely. I love it.
There are aspects of the ministry I don’t love. Technology gremlins and online trolls. Writing deadlines. These things vex me, but the empty spaces on my calendar rejection letters cause fears and worries that tempt me to give up and get a “real job” with steady paychecks and health insurance benefits.
That would be so sensible, but how would that demonstrate my trust that if God called me to it, He will provide for me as I do it? How can God show up strong in my weakness if I give him no opportunity?
In times of questioning, I look to the Bible for comfort from those who are clearly in the center of God’s will and yet encountered resistance.
Mary, the mother of Jesus is ostracized.
Peter is imprisoned again and again.
Paul is flogged, beaten, shipwrecked and thrown in prison.
Jesus is crucified.
How did they persevere?
They KNEW who God is. They honored, glorified and praised him. You can see it in Mary’s prayer of surrendered trust. My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my Savior … Luke 1:46-55
After Peter was imprisoned and flogged, Acts 5:41-42 says he and his companions left the Sanhedrin, rejoicing because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name.
The presence of pain is not the absence of God.
From experience I know we can stop work on our goals and give up on our callings when we face resistance. Life interrupts us with unexpected pregnancies, and babies who need changing, and toddlers who need training, and teens who need redirection, and your neighbor who needs a jump, and your boss who needs your time and attention, and that marriage that needs a spark of romance and Boom! Progress on your calling comes to a halt.
We lose momentum when we encounter resistance. We begin to complain and grumble. We make excuses. We falter when the tasks become mundane or the work is hard. Fear of failure, rejection, and judgement seizes us.
Proverbs 6:10-11 says, A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest— and poverty will come on you like a thief and scarcity like an armed man.
It’s easy to get derailed or detained or distracted or even temporarily disinterested. Don’t despair. You can reset and start again.
Grab your fresh start.
Do you have a calling to change the world, or change your address, or make a difference at work or school or church, or do you want to feed the hungry, bring water to the desert or provide sanctuary to hurting people?
Don’t be discouraged by the distractions of life, the neigh sayers, the false starts or the interruptions of your everyday.
There is no shame in starting again … and again. Keep giving yourself fresh starts until you have accomplished what God has called you to do.
I’d love to hear what you’re working on or dreaming about. Leave me a comment and tell me a little bit about it.
Verse for today: Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13-14 NIV
Prayer: Father, you know what you made me to do and you put this big dream, goal or plan in me. Help me to partner with you to bring it to life. Amen