Tiptoe. (My) Definition: To refrain from pursuing your purpose in part or in whole due to 1) a perceived inconvenience, 2) fear or uncertainty, or 3) in an attempt to avoid the challenges associated with your purpose that you feel may make you uncomfortable.
- Perceived Inconvenience
Walking in your calling requires, among other things, the following: faith, work, action, patience, persistence, and lots of prayer. Sometimes it is all too easy to get caught up in our daily routine, and convince ourselves that we don’t have time to walk in our calling right now because we are just trying to make it through the grind of the day. We then begin to further lie to ourselves that the work required to walk in our calling would negatively disrupt our day-to-day routine for which we are so complacent in doing.
Life Lesson: It is NOT a negative disruption in our lives to follow God’s calling. God calls each of us to greatness, but we can’t walk in it if we are unwilling to let go of our own agenda to fully trust God. If your excuses start to be…
- “I would follow that passion God placed in my heart, but I don’t think it’s the right timing.”
- “I would walk more in my purpose, but I can’t afford to right now.”
- “God, I hear what you are saying but I don’t think it’s the best move for me.”
…then it’s time to refocus on God and realize it’s not all about you. Listen to what God is telling you because He has perfect timing.
- Fear or Uncertainty
Maybe the reason you are tiptoeing around your calling is because something happened in your life that shook up your confidence and caused you to question the qualifications, talents, abilities, and gifts that God himself gave directly to you and only you.
Perhaps someone tried to brag on all of the seemingly more qualified people they know to do something you know God called you to do. Let them talk because God would not have called you to be where you are if He had not already equipped you with everything you need to be there. Plus people did not give you your calling. God did. And the God I serve made the heavens and the earth. Surely He knows what He is doing when He is ordering your steps.
Maybe it’s not what people are saying around you, but rather it’s the thought of facing the uncertain future that is causing you to hesitate and tiptoe around your purpose. Especially for someone who is a planner and needs a back-up plan to their three other back-up plans, I understand. However, dare to trust God so much that you can walk confidently in knowing that regardless of what happens, God is there and God is and will continue to take care of you.
When those moments of doubt, fear, and uncertainty come to try to distract you from your calling, put 1 Peter 5:7 in to action. (1 Peter 5:7 says “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”) As you live that 1 Peter 5:7 life, remember to cast and release all to God. The scripture doesn’t say cast and then take back those things stressing you out so they can continue to stress you out. Cast, release, and move forward.
I pray that any hint of fear and uncertainty is removed from your life, and that you walk fully in your purpose. The time for tiptoeing is over.
- Attempted Avoidance of Challenges That May Lead to Uncomfortable Periods of Growth
Perhaps you are tempted to tiptoe around your purpose because you feel not fully walking in your purpose will allow you to avoid inevitable challenges you know you’ll face on your journey. However, in life we all have challenges. The beauty of the challenges is that we serve a mighty God who loves us and will continue to take care of us. He wants to take you deeper in your calling, but you have to be willing to put in the work.
The Bible says in Luke 12:48 in part, “…From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.”
I think the temptation is to hear this scripture, but really want to react by saying:
- “What? More work? No thank you. I’m good where I am. I have enough to deal with.” or
- “Maybe it’s time for me to help God out, so I’m going to change my calling (because my calling seems like it’s going to be too hard). Instead let me just copy my neighbor’s calling because it looks easier.” or
- “Huh? Did you say something God? I can’t hear you.” (Knowing you really did hear God every time.)
Avoidance is a derivative of fear. There is a tendency to avoid what we don’t know, don’t understand, or are not confident we will succeed in. Yes, you will have challenges as you walk in your purpose. Yes, it is possible that the business God placed in your heart to start will take some work, time, and energy to develop. Yes, your journey is going to be imperfect…everyone’s journey is imperfect. We stumble, we mess up, and we have to put in work. But God loves us and is with us every step of the way. Times of uncomfortableness are inevitable, but they will not be in vain if we are pursuing God’s calling in our lives.
Also, no one’s calling is easier than another. The truth is we don’t know the full journey of another, so we can’t understand the struggle, sacrifice, and growth it took for someone to be where they are today. God didn’t create you to be me and He didn’t create me to be you. So be you and I’ll be me because we’re both pretty awesome. We just have different journeys with different periods of trials and experiences.
Instead of finding reasons to magnify why the periods of struggles and challenges are not the most exciting times in your life, redefine these times as opportunities to grow, strengthen, and mature so that you can walk even deeper and more effectively in your calling. Don’t limit yourself because you’re afraid of doing some work. God already knew about every challenge you would face and how He would bring you through. You’re in the best hands…God’s hands.
Pray About It AND Take Action
Whether you find yourself tiptoeing around your purpose by pretending you don’t hear God’s direction for your life because you are unsure of how that journey will unfold or are making excuses that God didn’t give you, pray about it. God didn’t call us to partially walk in our calling, but rather He calls each of us to walk fully in our calling.
The Bible clued me in on a few things of why it’s not worth trying to tiptoe around your purpose.
- God wants me (and you) to go all in. After all, He says in his Word to “Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord…”
“Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” -1 Corinthians 15:58
- God gave each of us special gifts and each of our gifts are necessary for the bigger picture/a greater purpose.
“For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.” – Romans 12:4-8
- It’s not fair to be selfish with your gifts. Use them to serve others.
“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” – 1 Peter 4:10
You owe it to yourself and others to live that #PurposeOverFear life. The world needs your gifts. The journey is not always easy, but it is definitely worth it!
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