Whether you're ready or not, God will always continue to call you into the future He has in store for you. Our challenge is to not talk ourselves out of it, but instead, take the first step into the unknown.
This video is an outtake from the original message "God's Week" February 26th, 2016. It is a one week snapshot out of my life when I experienced an emotional roller coaster. It's an important reminder of God's constant goodness and closeness during tough times when we may have trouble believing He is even there.
God often calls us up to the plate in order to walk through defining moments in our life. Last week we looked at some very practical steps to help us in that process, but there is also a hard reality looming if we don't follow through. God accomplishes His plan no matter what, and thankfully He has a huge reservoir of grace when we run the other way.
Often times God uses defining moments in our life to shape us. The problem is that they aren't always easy to walk through, yet facing difficult situations is inevitable. The Bible, as well as those that have gone before, are a rich source to learn ways to stand tall and persevere when the fear of your next challenge begins to set in.
Many of the lessons in life that dictate how we treat others were learned at a very young age. There is also a good chance they came directly from God's Word even if they weren't taught that way. Our challenge becomes keeping these important ideals front and center in our lives no matter when, where, and from whom we first heard them.
The heart behind being responsible is good, but as genuine as our motives may be, we have a tendency to take responsibility for things only God can accomplish. When we heap this weight on our shoulders, things get complicated quickly. When we learn to step out of His shoes, the joy of simplicity will soon follow.
Have you every turned your house upside down looking for your keys only to find them in your pocket? What you needed so desperately was in your possession the entire time. Often times we don't pursue what's in our hearts because we think we lack the resources; all the while, God is prompting us to take a closer look at what we already have.