Describe a moment when you made a big, bold move. In any area of life: Career, Love, etc.
When I decided to go to Bethany University and get a degree in Church Leadership so I can become a children’s pastor was a moment when I made a big, bold move. I got so much heat from that decision. Relatives told me that I was throwing my life away. My grandma bribed me with a car: go to a regular university first, and then do this Bible college thing. Teachers asked over and over if I was sure this was what I wanted to do. My immediate family and my church supported me though. But they sat down with me and asked me if it’s really what’s in my heart.
In reality, this “big, bold move” was a simple decision for me. People always tell us we can be whatever we wanted to be. To follow our hearts. Well, I heard God’s call on my life and I just said yes. It was a step of faith. It was obedience. I didn’t think it was such a big deal until other people started making it a big deal.
I see now, though, why many people gave me a hard time. It’s an uncertain career move. It’s crazy to build the foundation of your future on faith. I mean, you can have faith and be a pediatrician like you always wanted to be, or a lawyer, a teacher, or something that pays and secures your future.
🙂 I’m half-joking. I wasn’t sure that translated through.
It is crazy to pick a path that doesn’t guarantee a job or any career growth after graduation. And it is crazy to live by faith. And apparently, I went to a college filled with crazy people doing both. And me…well! I graduated a long time ago, but didn’t pursue pastoral licensure (super long story). And I had a major crisis of faith. And I ended up pursuing another degree (albeit unknowingly at first, another story for another time). And oh so many other things that landed me someplace in life I never thought I’d be in.
But see, it’s not so crazy to live by faith when my God is the Promoter in life, career, and everything. In Him, His children are secured, protected, and guaranteed a good God-blessed life here on earth and an eternal life in heaven.
And I ended up seeing God move in my life in ways I never imagined. I see Him reveal more of that calling and purpose He gave me in ways that incorporates the whole of who He created me to be. He’s creating beauty from my ashes. And He’s not done with me yet. In a way, I guess I did throw my life away. But I threw it away in exchange for something better.
Who is your closest or most special friend that you’ve never met and what do they mean to you? How did you cross paths? Talk about how you “met” them: Facebook, Twitter, an online support group, etc.
I don’t have a closest/most special friend I’ve never met. In this day and age? Crazy, right? But it’s hard for me to make friends whether in person or online so ask me again in a few years 🙂
Write a letter to your future mate saying whatever you want to say
Before I do, I’d like to point out that I find this crazier than my big, bold move, and just a tad uncomfortable because it’s going to be posted online. I don’t know what that says about me, but here goes.
Dear future husband,
I pray for you. That may sound cliche or trite, but it’s true. I pray for God’s anointing, wisdom, and protection over you. May you grow strong and solid in your faith. May you resist temptation. May you use your knowledge for the good of people. God loves you and carries you through the storm. Focus your eyes on Him and you can walk on water. You can overcome anything because God is with you. When the world is heavy, when responsibilities pile up, when someone kicks you when you’re already down, remember that someone is praying for you. You are not alone. You are loved. You are supported. May the love of God overwhelm you and overflow to the people around you.
Until we meet,
PS. I love flowers.