Monday, March 7, 2011

A God-Given Invitation

Last week, while visiting HERE, I read a quote that is stirring my spirit still.

“If the size of the vision for your life isn’t intimidating to you, chances are it’s insulting to God.” ~Steven Furtick

Have you ever read something and knew God had placed it in front of you for a distinct purpose? This was one of those moments. You see, my vision for my life involves writing.

I love to meet the Lord at my computer. As I place my hands on the keyboard, He is faithful to place his message in my heart. As I move my fingers to the beat of His heart, words begin to appear, sentences begin to form. In moments of sweet communion, we weave together His story of love and forgiveness, hope and encouragement, redemption and restoration.

There is no doubt about it. I love to write. But, for some odd reason, thinking of myself as a writer is very....what is the word? Yes! Intimidating! In fact, when I think of myself as a "real" writer, intimidating almost isn't a big enough word to describe all the emotions I feel.

Intimidating. Usually, when we think of this word, we associate it with something that instills fear. I think it is interesting to note, however, that this word means so much more than just us shaking in our boots.

Dictionary.com defines it this way:

to discourage, restrain, or silence illegally or unscrupulously

I don't know about illegally or unscrupulously, but I know all too well about intimidation being discouraging, restraining and worst of all, silencing. I also know, if I allow it to, intimidation can steal my dream and cloud my vision.

But that morning, as I sat in my pajamas, the light of the new day just beginning to spill into our living room, I realized in this quote, the Lord was giving me an invitation.

He was inviting me to dare to live out the desire He himself had placed in my heart. Before I was ever formed in my mother's womb, God knew me. It was God who molded me and formed me. It was also God who planted the "I want to be writer" seeds in my heart. This passion, this longing of my heart, is not incidental. It is my invitation. It is not meant to be intimidating, it is meant to be invigorating.

And it is...when I let God write through me. In fact, when God chooses to use me to speak His words of hope, encouragement and love, invigorating almost isn't a big enough word to handle all the emotions I feel.

Intimidation comes when I forget the words of the Lord found in Zechariah 4:6.

Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.
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Remember the rest of the quote?
"...chances are it’s insulting to God.”

The plans God has for my life (and yours, by the way) are far grander and more amazing than I could ever think or imagine. And, by myself, they are unreachable. Yet, when I partner with the creator of my heart to fulfill the desires of my heart, they not only become obtainable, but they become the very thing that will bring life to my life.

That's the way God made it. That's the way God made me. He made me to be a writer; a teacher of His Word through the written word. The intimidation is simply a reminder to never step out into my dream without my dream giver. It is also a reminder to do my part to be the best writer I can be.


So, now I ask you.

What is your vision for your life?

Is it intimidating to you?

If so, no worries.

Your intimidation just may turn out to be the invitation of a lifetime.~

3 comments:

  1. The words I find so faithfully on this page, never seem to disappoint. You are truly gifted, my friend. Thank you for allowing God to speak through you. I hope our passion for writing will bring us face to face one day! Keeping my fingers crossed for July! Good luck with the scholarship....I will count it my win if you are the recipient!! :)

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  2. Hi there, I found you through Shelly! :) What a pretty blog! I can relate to your post in many ways...I never really considered myself a "real" writer either (I still don't, lol!) but I know I am well on my way. The last several months it is as if the whole vision has exploded! It has been an amazing journey so far. I want to encourage you to step out. I'll be attending She Speaks and I am SO very excited. I pray that God will make the way for you to go. Blessings to you!

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  3. Hi Stacy -

    Love that Zechariah 4:6,
    and that quote is a good one, indeed.

    Thank you for sharing...

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