What are we doing.
Have we lost our way.
Do we have time in our busyness to do anything that means anything anymore.
It’s weird you know, I have always desired to live in a different generation than the one I find myself in. I would watch Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility and think….how beautiful the clothing is and how refreshing the pace is. (That of course isn’t the reality of living in that time and place, they too were possibly looking to the former things.)
I look out and see a sea of people all crying out in need.
Inside, they seem to desire the one thing that evades them in their busyness – all the accomplishments, all the commitments, all the calendar fillers result in only highlighting their inner need for something different, something satisfying.
Our culture is serving up a banquet of options, ideas and opportunities. eg. We go to the supermarket and gone are the days of two choices of cereal. Now we have hundreds to choose from.
My question today is, what have we gained? What have we truly gained?
We can look back, hoping that life will settle down at some point – or we can stop and ask ourselves the question – WHAT DO I WANT THIS LIFE TO LOOK LIKE?
Have we lost the ability to dream, because of our busy state?
Have you lost the ability to laugh or have fun amidst the constant darting from one thing to the next?
If so, this blog is not out to judge you, but to inspire you and empower you in the truth that You Have A Choice….and it can all change in an instant.
What does your heart beat for ? What is your passion? If money, resource, time, energy and people weren’t an issue – what would you be doing right now?
Isaiah 43:18-20 (NIV)
18 “Forget the former things;
do not dwell on the past.
19 See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland.
20 The wild animals honor me,
the jackals and the owls,
because I provide water in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland,
to give drink to my people, my chosen
If you’ll choose to take a bold step today, to stop and truly ask “Why am I doing this? Is this the best or just a whole lotta good?”
God is indeed doing a new thing in you.
It’s springing up before you, can you see it?
He is making ways where there were none.
He is giving you resource and supplies from Heaven.
He comes alongside you to encourage and uplift you from your current
Father God desires you to step into your true destiny, rather than just treading water where you are.
Just so you know I am not speaking fluff, here’s a little of my own story.
Many years ago I was on my way back to Primary teaching after having had some maternity leave. Teaching was a love of mine. I enjoyed every bit of it, loved the kids, felt alive when I was in it. In fact, I can honestly say now, my sense of self was very much wrapped up in my job.
I had one bliss filled day of teaching before my body physically collapsed and threw my family and I into a tailspin. What I failed to mention was that leading up to this place, I had 6 weeks of constant headache, but didn’t have time in my mind, energy levels or calendar to stop and ask if something was wrong? (and of course, something was indeed very wrong…)
This was not a light fluffy moment of life, but a dark, heavy place, with much grief.
I had my whole life mapped out before me and now that had a huge question mark over it.
They were the early days and were fraught with much devastation and confusion.
One particular day as I was journaling, I asked Father God whether I would ever teach again. My actual heart question was “will my life go back to how it is meant to be.”
He responded to me so lovingly. He gave me a list of about 10 or so things. They included “Impacting others is significant ways, life-giving journey, place of pure peace, experiencing absolute satisfaction and delight!”
Then He asked me this question, “Would you be willing to give up teaching, if your life looked like this?”
As I looked at that list and considered what I lived prior to this event…..it was without a shadow of a doubt that I wanted to jump into that new life that God had begun to describe for me.
It is only having seen things for what they were, that I could choose to step into something so much better.
Five and a half years on, it hasn’t all been rainbows and lollipops, but I haven’t once gone back to thinking of old ways and jobs, not since God whispered His ideas into my heart. Now as I look at the life God has me living – each one of the listed things are things I can honestly say are a part of my current world. I find myself incredibly thankful for what God has done! I am thankful for all that He has given me. The world looks on and sees all that I’ve lost, but all I can seem to see is what I’ve gained.
Will you be brave enough to ask Him for yourself? You might be exactly where He wants to you be, and if that’s right – then I’m rapt for you…………but if not, then dare to dream, dare to ask – your flowing streams and new thing could be one decision away.
Please come alongside me and show me where things have crept into my life.
I don’t wish to fill it up with busyness and miss the very things I could be doing that are so rich.
Thankyou for this life, I am so thankful for it. You have give me this day, how will I use it for you.
How can I travel with you in it?
What adventures, people and places will we encounter together?
Father, with you there is no better place to be.
Bless you my darling Dad, you are so good to me.