I'm doing a great job of keeping up with my blog, aren't I? ;)
I’m really not a Nicolas Sparks movie fan; however, a movie trailer on TV a few weeks ago really gave me some insight. The situation was choosing to do something great with your God-given talent, or choose love and all of the “average, normal, and unexciting” things that come with it. From how that sounds I feel like most would want to showcase their God-given gift over living a “normal” life. If you’re like me, given that choice I would chose a “normal” life filled with love.
If you follow my blogs you probably remember that I used to struggle with perfectionism and being better than the best at things. Basically I wanted to do as much with the talents God gave me as possible because I thought that’s what God wanted me to do—I thought that I would be wasting my gifts if I didn’t jump at every opportunity to share them with others.
I know my posts are pretty long, and this only my third on my new site, andddd I am still learning even more about things I have already covered, soooo I’m just going to recap a few things I am still having to remind myself of daily. Like I’ve also covered once before, growing is a constant thing. Just because you receive a powerful message Sunday morning, you still have to apply it every day—hearing it once won’t change anything.
The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. Lamentations 3:22-23
1. The first stand-out thing I’ve realized over the past months, is that God is more concerned with WHO I am than WHAT I do. What pleases Him is that we resemble Christ in how we live. If I never do anything great and ostentatious (if I chose to get married and settle down over an opportunity to do something with my gifts), He would still love me.
Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God. Hebrews 13:16
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others [like Christ], as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 1 Peter 4:10
2. Another thing I have learned is that there is NO wrong choice. God loves me NO. MATTER. WHAT. If you chose a calm suburban life over touring every weekend, you are not “dissing” God and the gifts He gave you. You still have those gifts—He didn’t take them away. You have the opportunity to share your gifts with people every single day. Standing on a stage, a baseball diamond, on TV, or in any mass public display is not necessary to share your God-given gifts.
3. Want to know the third thing I have learned? If God wants something to happen in your life, IT WILL HAPPEN. So if you chose the quiet life, but have a voice that could bring a room to tears when you sing and God intends for you to change lives with that gift, He will make it happen. God’s plan for your life is all mapped out for you and He probablyyyyy planned your marriage before your gift anyway maybe possibly? We have our plan and time table, but God has His own. And His is way more accurate and punctual than ours.
Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26
The only real “job” we all have to bring glory to God. And that’s all we really need to worry about. Don’t worry about how you’ll get from point A to point B—God will get you there. Have dreams? Don’t waste your life worrying about how YOU are going to make those dreams happen—God will put you in the perfect position to have those dreams come to life.
Do I still worry everyday about where my life is going? Duhhhh. But every day I also try not to. I try to remind myself that God’s got it all figured out. Does it seem like nothing is happening in my life right now? Well yeah. But it’s just because I can’t see what God is doing—I can’t see God preparing my heart for what He has in store. But I feel it every day. And every day that I feel it, I get more and more excited for what He is waiting to release into my life.
So stop stressing about making the “right decision” for your life, or "making something" out of your life, As long as you are living for God and have Him in mind when making those decisions, then there is no wrong choice.