As the Bold & the Fabulous embarks on our 1 year anniversary, I’d like to take a walk down memory lane. I revisited my very first post to see how I far I’ve come as a writer, believer, and a woman. I remember the anxiety I felt as I wrote this entry. I felt so vulnerable and unsure of how I would be able to get through it. Now I look back and realize that I made it through an entire year and with each week it got easier and easier. So naturally, when I get too comfortable, I want to challenge myself. So on the week of our anniversary be expecting something BRAND NEW!! It is sure to be a blessing as it challenges me to be better, learn more, and stay accountable. Check out my very first blog and see how it all began…
My Journey… His Plan.
For the first time ever, I’m writing to the world unknown and all I can do is laugh and think about how God can set you up to do things you would never imagine yourself doing. See, many of you don’t know me and honestly if it was MY plan, you may have never known me. Can I just be real with you?
I am possibly one of the most private people you could ever meet. I prided myself on keeping my business to myself. I never wanted anyone to know my struggles, my pain, my fears… really anything that left me in a state of vulnerability. In the same token, I never sought to unveil the business of others either. I’m from the school of “You do you… I do me… and we can all live happy.” Well, that was until I decided to enroll in the school of “living on purpose.” How many of you all know that it is a process?!
Part of every Christian’s purpose is to be a light unto the world and win souls unto the body of Christ. How can I do that, if I’m content in living only for myself?
[Matthew 5:14 (Amplified) … “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.”]
In many ways, it was a way to not be held accountable. I could fit in at any setting because people never really knew all of what I stood for or who God was molding me to be. I was completely comfortable with keeping my spirituality personal between me and God… and let’s be real, it was also a safeguard in the slight chance that I would have an “ungodly” moment so that no one would be appalled or judgmental of my behavior. There’s nothing BOLD about that lifestyle. But God!!… He is not like man, He never leaves you nor forsakes you. I got a chance to get it right and this time you can witness the journey.
The day I committed my life to Christ, I forfeited the right to live life on my own. Too many of us are satisfied with just being saved. I’m not belittling the importance of that by any means. We know that salvation is key to living life eternally with our Heavenly Father. My charge to you is to not be so focused on the afterlife that you forget about the life you are purposed to lead here on earth… and this life is not all about you. You are designed to make an impact on others.
[Proverbs 10:17 (Amplified) … He who heeds instruction and correction is [not only himself] in the way of life [but also] is a way of life for others. And he who neglects or refuses reproof [not only himself] goes astray [but also] causes to err and is a path toward ruin for others.]
My pastor says that “our lives are our greatest witnessing tools.” So here goes… I’m taking you on this journey with me in hopes that I will encourage you to be BOLD, step out on faith, and let God promote you in ways that man never could. Don’t settle for average… we don’t serve an average God. Don’t settle for what is most comfortable. Learn to find comfort in being uncomfortable because that’s how you know you are growing. Lately, I’m being pushed into unfamiliar territory and it is far from comfortable for me. God is positioning me to become a guiding force in the body of Christ. I know this because after one simple move of faith, doors began to open like never before… it’s actually part of the reason you’re reading this today and it’s just the beginning of what’s in store!
Now more than ever, my focus is not just to HEAR the Word but to DO the Word. I can honestly say now, that my heart’s desire is to please God above all else. So if sharing my lessons learned and my revelations from God means that someone is blessed and grows as a result, than that’s all the fuel I need to live a transparent lifestyle.
So here’s the lesson for the day: Stop trying to create God in YOUR likeness instead of accepting that you were created in HIS likeness! God won’t fit into your little box. Our God is a BIG God, he has called you to do BIG things, but you must first make a BIG decision. Are you going to live according to His will or your own?
[Proverbs 19:21 (Amplified) “Many plans are in a man’s mind, but it is the Lord’s purpose for him that will stand.”]
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