This week has started on an incredibly high note for me. My Pastor preached the sermon, “Amaze Me, Lord” on Sunday morning and it hit me in an interesting way, sparking a fire deep within me. The root of her message focused on how we live never expecting anything outside of normal to occur in our daily lives. She stated that in many ways we have planned our lives out so much that God has no room to step in and do something amazing. And, even if he did, many of us aren’t open to the spontaneous and unpredictable ways of God…we shut Him down and refuse to surrender our own personal agendas to follow God’s guidance. This message struck me in an interesting way because I’m always trying to figure things out, I need everything to make sense, and I NEED life to unfold as planned! On the one hand, I panic and experience anxiety when life seems out of control. On the other hand, I sabotage my efforts whenever it seems like things aren’t going as they ought. The idea of not putting forth effort, thus not getting expected results is much easier to accept than the idea of failure! But Sunday’s sermon really made me think deep about my perspective and approach. Perhaps continuing to do the things that I feel led to do, rather than sabotaging my efforts, would result in God doing something amazing in my life!
Earlier today, I posted the Holstee Manifesto…this is a great example of something amazing happening in the lives of people who took a step of faith. The gist of the story is that a few individuals quit their job to start a company selling all natural tee shirts, which initially weren’t a big hit…somewhere along the line they posted the Holstee Manifesto, a personal mantra gone public, that went viral and gave the company a name. Graphic designers made the statement visually appealing and this became the company’s most popular item…it wasn’t in the plan to sell it, but this amazing and perplexing thing happened simply because these individuals followed their heart and stayed the course.
In 2013, I want amazing and perplexing things to happen in my life! This year I want to stay committed to following my heart and following my life dreams…I want to stay committed to conquering every challenge that I encounter. Specifically, this year, I want to start figuring out how to move from my day job to my dream job…this year, I want to not just run a few 5k races, I want to set personal records and run farther without fear, I even want to complete a sprint triathlon…this year, I want to encourage others and let them know that those things that were once impossible can now be done…this year, I want to trust God more than ever before to start granting me the desires of my heart…this year, I want to give more to others than ever before. And if some these things happen, then God will have amazed me and therein lies the beauty in all of this…God’s amazing grace!
It’s going to be an AMAZING 2013!