A Coffee and Some Dream Advice Friday
“Please don’t stop creating me.”~Second Chances by Rend Collective Experiment
I can’t pin down where or when I adopted the mindset that living the Christian life, pursuing a dream, and overall living an ‘on purpose’ life would be (and should be) easy.
But I did.
This, unfortunately, means I often think I’m out of God’s will for my life the moment anything becomes hard or involves extra work or is unpleasant in pretty much any way for any sort of a stretch.
The above discovery is the sort of thing that pops up when you take on the scary challenge of asking God to work in your heart: He shows you things that aren’t pretty. What’s scarier, though, is the thought of allowing those things to remain. I don’t want to drift through this life, simply allowing things to happen around me and to me. I need to let God remove what only He can in my heart, in my mindset – to clear out those things I can’t seem to depart from (Proverbs 22:6). So it was definitely by something more than chance, I believe, that I read the following in Galatians yesterday:
Live creatively, friends . . . 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: 1, 4-5 (Message)
Also encouraging/challenging me to move out of my “If it’s hard it’s not God” mindset were the following:
- The Only Alarm Clock You Desperately Need by Jon Acuff – I need the alarm clock Jon talks of this post, and I think today is the first day I actually got up to it.
- Change the Course of Life: Be an Encourager by Shawn Smucker – I loved this line in particular from Shawn’s post: “Encouragement creates a path where before there was none.” Not only do I need these types of paths, I really want to help others walk on those paths, too. There’s a real camaraderie to be found as we travel new roads together, don’t you think?
- Don’t Downplay Your Accomplishment by Julie Shreve – Julie ran a half-marathon . . . and then she was tempted to downplay it. I would chide her, but I’m the same way. Humility doesn’t mean you never acknowledge the good things you’ve accomplished; by all means, have a bit of a party! Just don’t get a swelled head about it.
- How It’s Supposed to Be by Ally Vesterfelt – This article first planted the seed that I needed to quit thinking things had to be easy in life or I wasn’t in God’s will. I’m not saying my path must look and feel exactly the same as Ally’s, but I need to remember a restless feeling could very well be God whispering, “Hey – let’s go. You can’t see the destination yet, but I promise you it’s going to be great. Just ask Abraham.”
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Enjoy the weekend, everyone!