When I first re-committed my life to God over 10 years ago, I was kind of a mess.
I mean, I was passionate and on fire for the Lord and all the stuff which makes you stand out without trying. But I was also fresh home from university. Uni was fun but mostly for all the wrong reasons. The guys, the parties, the drinking...
I think I think on these two words daily and teach on them all the time. Because we can have a whole heap of excuses as to why we’re not at ‘x, y, z’ yet (full in your excuse here) but REALLY THOUGH?!
Have we forgotten about who God is? Forgotten that this isn’t about us and our ‘poor me’ pity parties...
Speaking of parties - I’d drawn a line in the sand and left that life behind me. The beautiful thing about the Lord is that nothing is wasted. So He took my passion and made it purposeful.
This meant that I wanted to share Jesus with whoever would listen. Some enjoyed it. Others didn’t. But to be it didn’t matter. I felt like I’d just been let in on the best bit of good news ever and I wanted to make sure no one else had missed the memo like I felt I had all those years.
A few years on and something stirred in me. A call to mission which went deeper than my doorstep. Again - the excuses could have certainly crept in... reasons why it wouldn’t work. Reasons I’d thought about. Reasons people literally told me...
- “You’re a full time teacher. How are you going to find time for evangelism/youth work/women’s ministry etc in between? Won’t you be TIRED?”
- “This is where all your friends and family live. Where will you get community like this?”
- “The rent prices over on the other side of London are crazy. Are you REALLY going to move somewhere SMALLER which costs more money.”
- “There are other ways to do mission which aren’t as extreme. Isn’t this a bit over the top?”
These were all things I told myself and was told. But I’d made up my mind and that meant it was happening.
Make up your mind on what you’ve been going backwards and forwards on, lovely. The power is in your DECISION. If you’re not sure, you’ll be spoken out of it either by yourself or someone else. But when you set your mind on pursuing purpose, you’re truly dangerous to the enemy.
Don’t tell yourself the ‘one day’ story, knowing full well that it’s a softer way of saying “no”. If it’s a no, make it a solid one and move on.
Had I have listened to my own excuses, I wouldn’t have had the privilege of serving in the area I did for 4 years alongside some amazing people, I wouldn’t have started the ministries I started (check out this image - these are invitations I made for the teenage girls in the area. Check out the date - six years ago to the day!!), I wouldn’t have found my teaching job where I spent the last 3.5 years of my high school teaching career, I wouldn’t have met my now best friend and I wouldn’t have met my HUSBAND!
So yea. Decide.
Decide even when it’s risky.
Decide when it doesn’t make sense to those around you.
Decide when you even start wondering if you’ve gone a little crazy.
Ultimately DECIDE when you know that God is calling you, and do not look back.
Decisions have become a tiny bit easier since that one. Decisions like starting a business having only ever been in the online space as a hobby status blogger before I’d even THOUGHT about business...
But yet again, the Lord was prompting me and I knew it was time to take another leap into the unknown.
And now my life’s work is to encourage YOU to decide. To decide that the call on your life IS for you, that you ARE meant to pursue it, no matter what.
Want some of that support at your fingertips for the next 8 weeks as you lift limiting beliefs, shift self-sabotage and finally walk in your worth?
Doors to my mindset program Chosen close TOMORROW, which means there’s still time for you to jump in!
Let’s do this lovely. It’s time to step into your God-given purpose powerfully.