The questions: What is it that God has been asking you to do that you haven’t done? What has He asked you to do that you are afraid or unwilling to do? Will you be content staying in your comfort zone or will you step out in faith – past the line of comfort out onto the growth edge where God will stretch you and change you? Will you run from God like Jonah did?
We answered those questions last night in our women’s study class at church. They are hard questions. Often our sins are sins of omission. We allow fear, doubt, uncertainty, our own desires and even other people to block our obedience to what God is calling us to do. We lack faith and understanding of who God is and who we are in Christ. We don’t trust in the goodness of God’s outcome. If we truly believe what we claim to believe, if we truly trust God’s word, we would live our lives out on that growth edge.
Sometimes we fill our lives with so many good things – so many activities that we don’t leave room for what God is leading us to do. Sometimes we must put down, let go of, walk away from one thing in order to pick up, take hold of, pour ourselves into the new thing that God is asking us to do. Don’t be so attached to your activities and involvements that you refuse to listen to God when He’s pointing in a new direction. It is easy to get comfortable, to be successful, and to tell yourself “this is what God want’s for me” and then stop listening for any new instructions.
One of the suggestions in our study was to write a letter from your future self – say 10 years from now – to your current self about how you got to where you are (in the future) and what to be sure you don’t miss out on. Ask God to guide your thoughts and words. Listen to what He is telling you.
Here is my letter.
I want to encourage you to press on like you’ve encouraged others. You can handle more than you think you can. You’re a great mom and grandmother. Don’t believe the lie that you are not enough – you are just what they need. Treasure your time with them and with Brad as this life passes by so quickly.
Study God’s word. Really study it. You will need it where you are going. Lay aside the trappings and material things of this world – they are fools-gold. Be generous to those that God places before you. Invest in people. Speak the gospel boldly because you never know who will be listening. Live it out. Follow God’s path and follow the dreams and passions He’s given you. He has a purpose for them.
Take care of yourself. With all of its imperfections, this is the only body you will get. Choose the right foods and pay yourself with exercise. All of those sweets are just not worth it. Trust me, you’ll thank yourself later.
Take courage. Don’t settle. Don’t quit. Allow God to use you every moment for His kingdom. Appreciate the here and now. Don’t wish time away. Live fully in today. Your family appreciates you and everything you do whether you realize it or not.
Help the other women learn to walk together with God in friendship and support. They need one another but they are afraid of being hurt and being let down. Some are afraid that they aren’t good enough. Afraid that they’ll let the others down. Tell them to stop criticizing God’s creation. They are just what others need. Teach them to live with an abundance of grace and love. Each of their paths is unique. Each has her own God given purpose for her life. Together you are the Bride of Christ.
God has more for you to do. More for you to say. Keep writing. Keep walking. Live each day with gratitude for the blessings that God has given you. Rest in Him.
Blessings in Christ,
Be encouraged. Press on.