God is for you…
Disclaimer: This does not mean that God approves of everything you do.
God predates whatever it is that is stressing you out, causing you to doubt your present/future, or taking away your motivation.
God is the Creator. God already knows who, what, when, where, why, and how before the situation comes up.
The Bible says:
- “What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31
- “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28
- “ No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:37-39
- “Now this I know: The Lord gives victory to his anointed.
He answers him from his heavenly sanctuary with the victorious power of his right hand.” Psalm 20:6
…despite all of this, you are against yourself.
The reality is that life has its challenges. There will always be people who are ready to tear you down instead of build you up. Sometimes the negativity around you becomes internalized and causes you to question your ability to fulfill the assignment God gave you.
When you face those moments when your confidence begins to fade and you don’t believe you can continue to do what God has called you to do, I challenge you to:
Remember your support network. You have a leader (i.e. God) and a support network (i.e. God) that no other person or thing could ever match. He was here first, He knows everything, He can be anywhere and everywhere at the same time, and He can literally do the impossible. God is never going to retire. In God you have a full support network.
Check your attitude by surrounding yourself with reminders of ways God has already worked in your life. It is so easy to let one unplanned act derail your confidence, motivation, and momentum. The second something derails you, your attitude changes.
One seemingly bad turn on your journey causes your smile to vanish and your attitude to be anything but a reflection of God. You must realize that life will not go as you planned. Really that’s a blessing because your plan may consist of (unnecessary) limits on your potential but God’s plan is filled with surpassing the seemingly impossible.
To help keep your attitude a positive one, write out the various ways God has already blessed you and worked things out in your life. Post these reminders around your home or job and in your planner or other places you often reference throughout your day. Also, write out some of the times that you were going to quit your calling and what you planned to quit your calling to go do. Use these reminders to reflect on how God brought you through storms and temptations to quit your calling. He did it before and He can do it again.
Keep praying. Pray that God rebuilds your confidence, restores your motivation, and renews your energy. Pray even when you don’t feel like it. Pray even when you don’t know where to begin with your prayer. Pray even when you don’t know how to quite articulate what’s going on. Pray when all you can do is cry. Pray when you feel you want to quit the calling God has given you. Pray when it doesn’t feel like it makes sense. Never stop praying.
To those reading this post, I pray that you never quit the calling and assignment God has given you. I pray that other people’s foolishness doesn’t cause you to question the value that God sees in you and the unconditional love God has for you.
Happy New Year!
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