Friday, July 25, 2014
It's easy to get lost
Being lost isn't something I've experienced very many times in my life. For the most part, I am good with directions and have a decent memory with regard to landmarks, signs, etc. Physically, I don't get lost often. Of course, I also know that if I DO happen to wind up somewhere I don't know exactly what road to get on next, I simply push that pretty blue "OnStar" button on my mirror and some nice person will load directions directly into my car screen and all is good again.
At times, I so wish God had a blue button I could push and He would immediately answer in an audible voice. Early this week I was having dinner with a precious young woman and talking about how passionate I am about helping her generation realize that they are enough. Who they are is enough. They don't need to be prettier, smarter, more popular, more trendy, thinner, better dressed, better moms, wives, or friends. They are ENOUGH. That does not mean that we don't continue to grow into better people. If you are breathing, there is a great chance that you have room to grow in extending forgiveness, grace, kindness, and love. You can also continue to learn about what colors work best with your skin tone and other mighty important facts but those things should not define your self-worth.
I have been preaching those words for the past few years and I firmly believe them. You would think, then, that I would be better at living them myself. My challenge isn't so much my physical appearance any longer (you do learn to live with that aspect of it as you get older) but more my desire to do what God wants me to do and to know that I am following that path on a regular basis. However, since I haven't found God's blue button yet, I tend to try to do many different things in order to find the right things and I wind up lost in the midst of much and unable to find my way to those few things that are my true calling. If I am completely honest, I also struggle with things like this blog and posting on facebook and Instagram - WHY am I do these things? Am I looking for confirmation from those around me or am I truly seeking to honor God's call on my life by putting the stuff out there and not worrying about people seeing it, liking it, following it, and whatever else denotes acceptance these days.
I continue to know that God is calling me to focus, to refine what my calling looks like in action. I cannot be all things to all people. I cannot encourage every hurting heart, praise every good accomplishment, teach every God principle or be everything to all people. None of us can and almost every woman I meet, no matter what age, continues to try. I believe it is one of Satan's most effective tools. I'm ready to call him on it.
I'll keep you posted.