Qualified by The One Who Knows Me
Recently I was sitting in my hairdresser's chair discussing how our careers were taking dramatic twists and turns. While we had been working diligently for the last couple of years, now it was all coming together.
As I sat in her chair letting her gentle hands work their magic on my hair, I also let the words we were speaking settle in my heart. Just a few short years ago (4 to be exact) I was this scared woman on a journey of speaking and writing. I knew nothing of what I was doing. I had no knowledge or educational background to even start this process.
I felt like Moses when he told the Lord ;
"Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. " Exodus 4:10
And of course the Lord answers;
"Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go, I will help you speak and will teach you what to say" Exodus 4:11-12
I remember walking through the retreat of my first writing conference. I probably cried more than I learned that first year. There was so much to know. I felt hopeless. Then I started coming out of my shell. I asked questions. I sought out mentors who had been in the writing business longer. I soaked in all I could and vowed to come back and learn more. One conference led me to another. Soon, I knew enough to start my journey.
God had equipped me to do the things He had planned for my life. It was never a goal or dream of mine to speak or write. But as far back as I can remember, I have written in a journal and have heard God's voice. He would tell me "tuck this memory away, you will remember this someday." I didn't know why, but I would do it. Away it would go, in the deep computerized version of my brain. It was stored data. Put away for such a time as this.
My hairdresser and I talked about how unqualified we felt before this journey. God gives you qualification. If He leads you to it, He will show you how to do it. She is on a teaching/speaking journey of her career. I am on a writing/speaking journey of mine.This last year I have been put in front of some of the most skilled authors, publishers and life coaches. The hard work is paying off. My time is coming. I will continue to learn because there is so much more to improve on. Now I feel confident to do this.
When you have such a deep pull to do something in your life that scares and excites you all at the same time; do it! Of course make sure it's something good and healthy for you. That it's something you have meditated on to make sure it's your calling. Don't be afraid, or better yet, be afraid and do it anyway. You will be amazed at what plans He has for you that you didn't think were possible. It's not possible on your own. But God will walk along side you and guide you if you let Him. Good things are coming! Believe that.
What is holding you back from creating the passionate, dream filled life you want?
What action steps can you take today to start living your life with purpose and joy?
Tell me what you think or what your dream is in the comments section.