“Welcome back to the real world!” That’s what I’ve gotten since I’ve been home.
Welcome back to reality.
First of all — ouch. That’s insulting. Second of all, why aren’t YOU embracing the adventure and whimsy and chance of Christ in your every day life! Where’s the spontaneity? Where’s the excitement!
God has not given me a structured life. This is my reality. I move around from here to there, doing this and that, not really knowing what comes next. I’ve been blessed with more than I could ever ask for, and one thing I know for sure is I don’t deserve it. But that’s the really cool thing about God. He gives us what we don’t deserve because He sees in us what we don’t see in ourselves. I didn’t go to LA thinking I was talented enough or strong enough or experienced enough for it. But God told me to go, so I said Yes. He told me to start a Bible study there, and I said Yes. He told me to go places I normally wouldn’t have gone, still I said Yes. He told me to write things I didn’t think I knew how to write about, and I said Yes. And something good came from every single challenge I accepted.
Sometimes when we aren’t happy with the way our life is going, it is either because we’re coveting what others have or missing out on the exciting things God is calling us to do. I just finished reading “Love Does” by Bob Goff, and that man is incredible. He’s a lawyer, but his office is on Tom Sawyer Island at Disneyland. He got into law school only because he sat outside the dean’s office every single day. He stalked his wife until she decided to date him. He took a trip to Uganda with absolutely no plan, but ended up freeing children from prison and building schools. He took his kids on any vacation they wanted to for their 10th birthdays and found himself in London having a tea party. He helped a random guy that he’d never met before propose to his girlfriend. Plus so much more! And through doing all these crazy things, he was able to see the hand of God in every single challenge he embarked upon.
God is constantly sending us invitations to live, but we turn them down because they aren’t practical or logical or convenient. But you know, being on the other side of the country from Morgan for five months wasn’t convenient. Living by myself in a strange — and intimidating — city wasn’t practical. Continuing to share my love for Christ while being mocked for it isn’t logical. However, I was invited by God to take a journey that He planned, and I accepted.
So no, maybe this doesn’t look like the real world to you, and that’s ok. But it’s God that created this path. There’s no way I could have done this on my own. All glory and honor goes to Him. Yes, there were times I doubted my decision to move, but I also realized something:
When you’re living for Christ, it’s always the right choice to make.
I want you to think about what it is God may be calling you to do. If it seems scary, then you’re on the right track. If it doesn’t feel like the best timing, then His fingerprints are all over it. Life is full of wonder and mystery and adventure. There are so many things to see and experience, so many worlds we know nothing of. But God is the One who will take you there. He wants all of us to live a life of joy and passion, and when your life is centered around Him, there’s no way that it won’t be. Take risks, be afraid, say Yes to what you feel He’s calling you to do. Get yourself out of everyone else’s ‘reality’ and welcome in the unexpected and mysterious world of Christ.
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