Tonight I sat down with absolutely no idea where this post would go. I just decided to stop trying to make my words happen & let God lead them instead (which is never a bad choice, if you ask me!). This is one of those posts where He gave me a desire to write & told me what my words & this post would be about as I was typing. So, it may be a little more scattered than usual but I can honestly say it’s straight from the heart. I hope you enjoy & receive your own sweet revelation from His words tonight…
I have been thinking a lot about this blog post.
Which is precisely why this blog post has yet to be written.
I have quite an issue with overthinking things and ideas and moments and people. I overthink about what I’m going to wear. I overthink about the things I have already said. I overthink about overthinking. It’s one of my core struggles.
So, when you mix the idea of supernatural overthinking with a crazy, busy season of transition and then throw in a tad bit of laziness- you have yourself a blog post that is way overdue.
I’m not kidding when I say I have been thinking about this post. I mean I have been really, truly asking God to give me a word or desire to write about.
I’ve had a few ideas, they were all good but every time I would get in front of the keyboard I would lose my inspiration or (even worse!) my ability to form cohesive, thought-provoking sentences…well okay, let’s be honest, have I really ever achieved that?
Seriously though- this has been on my mind a lot, but I have yet to actually act on any of my ideas.
Which, if I’m honest, is a lot like how I treat my walk with God. (Woah. That’s some in-the-moment revelation right there, y’all.)
Man, I love to think about God. He is so awesome. I love to think about what He is doing in my life and the lives of all of those around me. When I pass by someone at school, I think to myself “I wonder if they are a believer?”. I think about all the times He has proven Himself utterly faithful. I think about how I should apply that awesome devotional I read that one time to my day. I think about loving others. I think about how much He loves me.
But do I live the same way I think?
Often times, I forget that the thoughts swirling around in my head are not public knowledge to everyone else (because sadly, mind-reading is not a characteristic of following Jesus).
If I am not careful, this mentality of assuming my thoughts about Him are automatically expressed through the way I live becomes my reality.
Basically, I find myself being all talk (or, in this case, thought!) and no walk.
My hope & prayer is that I am over-exaggerating or being much too harsh on myself (yet, another core struggle of mine…) and in actuality, everyone is aware of my love for Jesus…but I have a feeling that is just not the case.
I will be the first to admit that the idea of getting up in front of my entire lecture hall and declaring that I am a Christian who is madly in love with Jesus is just a tad bit overwhelming. And I don’t really think that’s what God wants me to do either…(unless He tells me…). But He does want me to live like Him & for Him everywhere I go.
That includes my lecture hall.
That includes the doctor’s office.
And that even includes the DMV.
It’s so funny, I find myself living authentically & boldly for Jesus around those who I know are fellow believers & in places that I am comfortable in. Yet, when it comes to being like Jesus around those who are visibly broken & in the places that I don’t like, I suddenly lose my fervor to talk about God.
I love to preach to those who have already heard the sermon, not to those who desperately need to be invited to the service.
It all comes down to the fact that I like to be comfortable.
But the problem is, I was created to live an uncomfortable life on Earth for God so I could spend my eternity comfortably in Heaven with God.
And that is the great paradox that makes being a believer so bold & rewarding- we are warriors who live in a world that we are not of.
He calls us (by name!) to pick up our crosses every day and to follow Him straight into the darkest depths of this world with everything we have.
But, if I’m really honest, I often find myself suited up in the armor of my thoughts, too afraid to charge into the world with the truth God has given me. I know He is always with me & I know he will protect me.
So, why do I get scared sometimes and try to avoid telling the world about Him?
Because as much as I hate to admit it, the world can be scary.
It’s plain & simple- I’m a tiny human who takes a look at the world through the lenses of my own strength & gets scared.
But God is not asking me to change the world in my own strength & with my own words & through my own thoughts- He is calling me to trust Him to turn my silent thoughts into bold, Kingdom-building shouts.
That’s it. Just trusting-truly trusting- Jesus has it all under control. When we give it to Him, we hand over any authority the world may attempt to use against us.
When we boldly declare His promises & truly are real & raw with those who desperately need the truth- He will use us to change the world.
When you get uncomfortable, you become unstoppable.
“Arise & shine, you Kingdom-builder!
Allow your mind to dwell on Me.
Let your words reflect Me & reveal the beauty of My children.
My voice is your guide, let your steps follow Me across every hall, every ocean, every street & every desert.
Shine brighter than any darkness, be bolder than any fear.
You are a warrior. You are an Earth shaker. You are My battle cry.
I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace.
In this world you will have trouble.
But take heart! I have overcome the world.“