Every fall, I have the opportunity to tell my story (a lot).
I’ve shared my testimony of saying yes to God half a dozen times in the last few weeks and I have half a dozen more before the end of the year.
By the end of the year, I’m sort of sick of hearing my own voice, but I’m not tired of my story. Retelling and rehearsing what God has done gives me courage for the next chapter.
Somewhere along the way, my story became His story and when I share it, people are invited to become a part of it–and that just makes me want to keep telling and living it.
Everywhere I go, I chat with people who are looking for a sign…they want to know the next step, what to do, where to go, how to start something, who to serve.
But there’s nothing extra special about my story. I think that’s what makes it extraordinary…just an average girl + the next yes + a big God = a divine plan.
It goes a little something like this: Do something. It will be hard. You will want to give up. Do it anyway.
There are a million little details in-between, but that’s the gist of it. It’s not a magical formula or a 4-step program, but it’s truth and a good place to begin.
Do something for someone else. Do something for the Kingdom. Do something bigger and harder and scarier than you think is possible.
Serve someone, go somewhere, give everything.
God did not create us for a comfortable life and the more comfort we seek, the more we acquire, the less we have. He created us to glorify Him in our every day lives and until we do that, we will only want more than the world can give us.
It will be hard.
It will be hard. It’s supposed to be. You won’t be enough, have enough or do enough. It will stretch, push, challenge you to new places. It will demand more than you have and ask you to risk everything again and again. You will be desperate for Jesus. You will need Him every step of the way.
You will want to give up.
Sometimes multiple times in a day. The enemy is relentless. He knows our weaknesses. He wants us to quit before we even start. He will dissuade, discourage, defeat us and he might even try to destroy us. So it’s okay to want to give up. But instead we give it over—all the fear, anxiety, discomfort–we lay all the reasons we should or could quit at the feet of Jesus. We’re not supposed to carry it anyway.
Do It Anyway.
We dig in. We choose to keep going. Keep doing. Keep giving, serving, dying, crying, trying. It’s here in this do-it-anyway place that we discover the joy of giving our lives away. We do the next right thing and the next right thing and we send a clear message to the enemy–we will not quit– we will do it anyway.
I don’t always understand how God works but I know deep down in my bones that when we give more than we want, serve more than we take, go where we are uncomfortable–we don’t have less, we have more–more joy, more purpose, more of a desire to do it all over again.
Get started. Say yes today.
This is the sign you’ve been looking for.