“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” James 1:2-4 ESV
Life is hard. It seems as though the test are never ending. God is always pushing us to dive deeper into relationship with him. Helping us to see that we need Him for everything we do. That requires a lot of work on our end to seek Him in the midst of trials and hardships. To acknowledge that His ways are higher than our ways. It takes humility, endurance & hope to live in faith. Sometimes it’s confusing. The enemy loves to distract & make us question ourselves & a God who loves us so. Sometimes distraction looks like binge watching Netflix other times it looks like comparing our story to someone else’s. Maybe it looks like addiction to social media, food, lust or a number of other things that ultimately leave us feeling unsatisfied & always craving more. It’s caffeine for me. A never ending cycle of copious amounts of “energy drinks” or coffee. It’s easy to justify the need for it being a busy wife, mom & business owner. Not to mention marathon training & trying to keep up with house work & laundry.
Does the to do list ever end? Not in this lifetime. I want my life to be meaningful. I believe I was made with a purpose. Not for selfish gain, fame or fortune. I was made for something more. An eternal glory that far outweighs anything we can think or imagine. I was made to serve a Mighty God & his people. I was made to bring glory to his name through His Son Jesus Christ. He died for me so the least I can do is live for him. That’s easier said than done. I’m an unworthy sinner. Everyday I fight temptation. Everyday I have to get in the word & remind myself to love others more than myself. The Bible reminds me to be humble, kind, patient, long suffering, joyful, to peaceably coexists.
What does it mean to be created for greatness? Whose definition of it matters most? Mine? Yours? Our family? Our friends? What about what God thinks?“Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all. Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all. In your hand are power and might, and in your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all. And now we thank you, our God, and praise your glorious name. “But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able thus to offer willingly? For all things come from you, and of your own have we given you.”
1 Chronicles 29:11-14 ESV
The only thing great in me comes from God. His Son set me free & lives in me. I can choose death or life. I can choose my way to his way. I can choose the narrow path or run with the crowd. It’s not easy. It’s not cool. It’s eternal. What we do here on earth with what we are given MATTERS. If you don’t know what you are here seek first the Kingdom of God. It’s more real than anything we can see tough or feel here on earth. Don’t miss it. You have to watch closely & listen carefully or you’ll miss it. It’s the total opposite of what the world tells us. World: “Love yourself” Jesus: “Love others above yourself.” World “it’s your life!” Jesus: “Lay Down your life.” World: Seek money, power & fame. Jesus: “Serve others, be humble, give abundantly.” Let me tell you I thought I was living before I knew Christ. Graduated college. Working crazy hours for chump change climbing the cooperate ladder. Married the man of my dreams. Had our beautiful daughter. Suddenly, the Lord found me. Broken and ashamed because everything I was, was a lie. My body image was a desperate attempt to flea from the shame and sadness of my past hurt and failures. I was living for me and my family. We had zero community outside of the gym. I wasn’t using my gift to serve but for self glorification. I was a broken mess. The the Lord led me to therapy for healing. He was my comfort through it all. He covered my shame with his sacrificial love. He built me up in His way on His time. Now, I serve him. I live an abundant life without fear of the future. Yes, my life is difficult at times. Yes, I still have trials, doubts and failure but it’s not in vain.
God uses it all for my growth and his glory. His love never fails it never gives up it never runs out on me. His love is enough. We can spend our lives searching for happiness. Searching for love. Searching for success. Searching for greatness. Or we can spend our lives serving a God who has a perfect plan and will give us a full return on his investment (that we don’t earn or deserve by the way). It’s a pretty sweet deal. It’s a pretty great life. He his the author & protector of our faith. He is my creator with a great purpose for me. My prayer is that you believe it too. & if you don’t that you wouldn’t hesitate to ask more about my friend Jesus & how much he means to me. I hope this was an encouragement to you. I hope you know you are loved, cherished & adorned by the God who created you sweet friend. If you’re like me and you’ve struggled to see your worth or you find it hard to believe you were created for greatness I’d like to share some things you can try. First, try going to church or joining a small group to help you renew & revive your faith. Small group held me accountable & helped me grow a deeper relationship with Jesus. You can also try reading leadership books or keep a journal. It helps me to process how I feel and heal from hurts of the past. You can’t become who you were meant to be if you are always living in your past. Finally, you could try to write down some positive things about yourself of things you want to believe about yourself & keep them somewhere you can see them everyday. I’m pretty forgetful so reminders are incredibly helpful. If you need help with lifestyle, fitness or nutrition goals I would love to be your coach. You can message me on social media or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org