Clichés are clichés for a reason. Different quotes or phrases that we’ve heard our whole lives that apply and all of the intertwined topics that touch every facet of our lives can almost be unbearably true when those different quotes begin to apply to us.
So, why do I bring up clichés?
Everyone has heard the cliché, “Life is a marathon not a sprint.”
It’s painfully true when you are finally feeling as if you were on the right track.
When I left my previous position at the book writing company I had served for 13 years, I felt like I finally knew exactly what I was supposed to be doing with my life. I thought for sure that meant I would be on the fast track to doing exactly what I knew God was calling me to do. Preach. Instead, as per the usual, all things take time. I want so much to be able to glorify God and share his word and be his instrument to bring hope and light into this world. And I am doing exactly that. Just not in the way I expected to when I stepped out in faith and left a secure position to seek to be where God was calling me. When things don’t turn out how we expect it can be difficult not to feel disappointed.
“There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears.”
Philippians 1:3-6 MSG
Maybe confidence isn’t always my strongest quality, but I know that God’s confidence can not be beat and His word is irrefutable. If He can work out all things of this world, all the pain, all the chaos, all the suffering, for our good, don’t you think He can manage us?
He isn’t going to leave us a half finished project sitting on Heaven’s garage table, waiting to see completion. He will finish His work when we open up and let Him.
Two years ago, when I heard God’s call to preach, when that single word hit my spirit, I wasn’t excited. I was fearful. How could I do it? Why would He trust me with such a big task? Surely He is calling someone else? Maybe He got his phone lines crossed in heaven and I got the message meant for someone much more qualified than me.
Looking at every biblical figure that has ever been called into action shows one main thing. Ready for another Cliché?
God doesn’t call the qualified, he qualifies the called.
The truth of it is that we let the enemy fill us with fear and self doubt when instead, when we feel something so strongly and we know it lines up with God’s word, we should be excited. Every single person God has ever called was given all they needed to finish the task. It was still left up to them to complete it. Many fulfilled their call even in the midst of failure and sin. We will make mistakes as we run this marathon. Some of those called made irrevocable mistakes that left them mired in failure. Too ashamed or too proud to reach out to their Heavenly Father for help.
Darling, if you only take away one thing from this post, let it be this. God is in the business of saving and redeeming. You are never too far gone. You are never too lost to be found. You are never to broken for complete healing. What you are is:
Purchased with the Price of Christ’s life
There may seem to be so many people in the ministry you feel called too. Maybe you don’t feel like the need is great enough. I promise you this, no one has your story, your thoughts, your feelings and your talents. You are irreplaceable and God knew that when He created you. There is something inside of you, something that the world needs. Don’t let that fire go out. Don’t let the enemy fill you with doubt.
There are days, when I don’t feel as though I can do this. The balancing act of child of God, wife, mother and all the labels that come with those positions, combined with working hard to help our family grow and be provided for is almost too much for any one human to bear. Then I remember that none of this will ever be completed by my strength. By God’s strength alone, will I manage.
If you have ever had a friend who loves to run, you know that a marathon is a really long run and it requires months and months of training. Even when they train hard and are over prepared, it doesn’t negate that the actual marathon will be difficult. There will be times when we want to give up. Just like in life, that is when we need to lean on the strength of God to pull us through.
“This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by strength or by might, but by My Spirit,’ says the Lord of Hosts.”
Zechariah 4:6 HCSB
I can’t do this alone. You know what? That’s ok. Because my strength and my knowledge will leave me short of the goal. With God, I can do all things.
I pray today, you are grateful for your part in the story of God’s creation. We are such a small, yet distinctly different and critical part in the story of God’s world. Let yourself be heard. Be someone who diligently chases after God’s heart. I can promise you with full confidence, if you do this, God will bring you into the results of your faith. Your love and devotion to Him will not come back void.
How do I know? Because He continues to do it every day. The one thing I know I can count on, is Him.