“Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don’t be impressed with yourself. Don’t compare yourself with others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life.” —Galatians 6:4-5 (MSG)
This passage is very dear to me. It’s convicting. In fact it WAS so convicting to me more than five years ago, that it set our family on a course of life-change we never could have imagined.
I was struggling with the first part of that verse — the self-exploration I did resulted in a mirror image of a woman I didn’t want to be. There was this small flicker of a flame — a dream of creativity on my heart — that for the life of me, I just could not shake. And each day, I went to work. Happy to have a job. Responsible to contribute to the care of our family. But feelings of discontent began to override any of the comforts in the life we’d built for ourselves. And out of the exploration (and several years of focused prayer), my husband and I had a sense that God was calling us to more. Not to have more or achieve or collect or succeed by the world’s standards. This was spiritually more. To be closer. Walk farther. Dig deeper into the heart of God through His Word. To live a life that was sold-out. Sold-out to Jesus. And that was new, scary… exhilarating to imagine.
What if we weren’t afraid to take a leap? What if we could risk in order to live the life God had put on our hearts?
It IS possible.
Maybe someone needs to hear that today? That the dream-of-your-heart moments are not disposable to God! They’re not wasted. They’re not meant to be tucked away for some brave moment in the future when we might give it a try. Why? He put the dreams there on your inner-most heart. He engraved the creativity. The hope. The “If I won the lottery I’d do this…” thinking.
This is the ONE LIFE we get. And it’s not meant to be spent living it safe. We can trust Him with our loftiest dreams. We can risk with Him — because the truth is, He will never let us fall.
Life is different for our family. Different, beautiful, unexpected, risk-laden, pride-crumbling, on-your-knees-crying-out in prayer, and all things totally new because we took a leap. I’ll be real and tell you it’s not easy. You might fail in the first few steps. You’ll fall a time or two. You’ll probably doubt the journey. (Oh, the doubt, dear friends!) But one thing you’ll NEVER do is look back in regret.
Explore with God. Take a look at where you’re headed and ask yourself, “Am I going where God’s sending?” If there’s any answer but a resounding “YES!” our #WednesdayWisdom moment this week should be to rethink our steps, and sink into His plan.
We can’t do that unless we’re willing to take the first step. So EXPLORE today. Look where He’s sending you. Just wait and see what He will do… 😉
Here’s to the dream-chasers!
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