What's a little thing that could be holding you back from finding success? I have found we, generally, don't want to embrace the process of who God's calling us to be, and we try to run from it or detour around it.
When we pull up to a fast-food window, we all want our food fast. But, we also want it right. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather have something done right, and it take a little longer, than to have to send it back to the kitchen to be fixed.
This life we have is no different. If we don’t do life right, we have to be sent back to the kitchen, so to speak, to start all over again. Learning that there really is a right way and a wrong way to do life was a news flashing shocker for me in my twenties. I thought I had it all figured out. I was a laid-back, fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants kind of person growing up. It took me several failures to figure out that we all go through the same kinds of things in this life, and we may all have similar opportunities in front of us, but some people approach those things the right way, and some people handle them the wrong way.
There came a point where I decided I wanted to learn how to respond to daily life the right way, God's way, instead of self-destructing or making something harder than it had to be.
When we try to skip the process of character development and learning, we fail to gain the necessary characteristics we need to handle what we get once we’ve achieved our goal(s).
What does healthy process look like?
My one example: When I was 25 I had never attended traditional college. I had a couple of years of business school from a technical college and a couple of years of Theology school under my belt, but I didn’t think I would need a traditional education to do what I wanted to do with my life. Well, God had other plans. He told me to go to college to be a writer. I didn’t want to do it. I didn’t even enjoy reading back then due to my dyslexia. Nevertheless, I obeyed and majored in writing for two years.
Then, when I was 34 God sent me back to college and told me to finish out my degree in Communications. I was horrible at public speaking, and wanted no part of a job that required me to talk to a lot of people all day. Yet, I obeyed and got my B.A. degree in Communications. All in all, those four years of college were the most difficult, miserable years of my life. God hadn’t asked me to do what was easy. He asked me to obey and trust Him.
Those years created character in me and gave me the tools I’d need for where God was taking me. I would never have been able to even apply for my job working as a newspaper staff writer in 2011, write the screenplay I wrote in 2012, publish my book in 2016, nor land my job at The Mercy Ministries in 2016, had I not done what God asked me to do. My process, my college experience, prepared me for the jobs God wanted to place me in, and I’ve been GREATLY blessed by those jobs and the opportunities that opened up through them. He had a far different plan for my life than the one I had!
Embrace whatever process God is taking you through today. Don’t run from it or try to detour and take a short cut. Just get through it and let the love of God have it’s perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking no good thing.
Live in the simplicity of Jesus Christ. Following His ways and His leading isn’t always easy, but it is simple. It is choosing to go where He asks you to go and do what He asks you to do one day-at-a-time. It’s laying your life down so you can love and serve the people around you. It’s finding out your BIG life’s purpose is to become good at doing little acts of love well. It’s learning to wait with patience and self-control.
We're all like computer chips being configured to perform certain tasks. We all have our own job to perform and functions to carry out that only we can do. We're unique, and when we give our lives to Christ, He can use us to accomplish great love in the Earth.
What functions do you think God has created for you specifically to do? I never thought I'd be a writer or a public speaker!