Thursday, March 29, 2012

Why didn’t someone tell me this sooner?

I started to form this list of things I wish someone would’ve drilled into my head sooner. I have been consistently surprised at how true and often I face the situations below:
  • There are going to be multiple moments that I’m scared witless and severely questioning myself and everything that I am doing, even while I’m on the right path.
  • There will be multiple moments, even on the right path, that it’s so hard I will feel like quitting it all. Just be done.
  • When I pursue my dreams, I’m going to continually hear hurtful jokes and comments, even from people who love and support me but just don’t understand.
  • To achieve dream success, there will be temporary heart shattering setbacks that I’ll have to overcome in the middle of an otherwise great life.

The craziest part is that these things can happen whether you are living life the right way or not. These happenings are not the best way for you to determine whether you are choosing the right or wrong path. They can be typical of both. Don’t get caught up in letting these typical situations cause extra discouragement or fear in your life. Instead we must look to God for guidance in whatever situation no matter how good, bad, or why it is happening.

In ALL your ways acknowledge Him

and He will direct your paths

Proverbs 3:6

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Is there something to the ages 21 and 30?

Joseph was instated and started saving lives after years of preparation at the age of thirty!

Genesis 41:46 Joseph was thirty years old when he entered the service of Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from Pharaoh’s presence and traveled throughout Egypt.

This is so interesting to me as I started to ask the question of whether the Bible almost infers that age 21 is the start of adult accountability and 30 years old being a significant and symbolic instating year of now pouring out of that preparation as Jesus started his ministry at that point.

Joseph was another reaffirming cool random connection. Maybe there is something to preparing our choices wisely in our young adults preparation years before the age of 30.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

It's Not Getting Through But Who You're Becoming Through the Hard

I just sent in a manuscript into my publisher after five years of collecting and writing on the twenty somethings stage of life after college. Not Alone in the Unknown. The gist of the book is focusing on our perspective in this season so that we do not give up when we feel alone in the unknown in typical hard and confusing times.

One of the life lessons I solidified and learned in this process of turning the book was that:
I will never have enough money, time, or life experience to do things as perfectly as I could. All i can do is give my best for now.

God calls us to do things beyond our capabilities in faith and there is never full completion but only deadlines until heaven is finally set in place.
It is a very vulnerable thing to own a book as ready while admitting in the back of my head that this book and answers feels very incomplete and isn't my best, but my best for now. I so long for me and everything I do to be complete, but God very clearly states that i am still a work in progress in Philippians 1:6 and the He also infers that if i am born again as a Christian, that means i still have a lot of learning and growing to mature into he desires for me.

I must be willing to own my incomplete attempts at love and help as necessary to risk in order to love others well in this season. You must do the same. It's about becoming someone who accepts God's redeeming power as the perfect completer of our less than perfect sacrifices for Him.