What Does It Really Take?

Do you ever put up with a less than satisfactory situation because you don’t want to offend, risk confrontation or face the inconvenience and uncertainty of having to make a change?

Last week God reminded me how often we all fall into this trap and rather than empower ourselves to speak up, take action and re-chart our course, we stick around, suffer silently or complain to our friends, all the while growing more and more resentful about being treated unfairly, disliking our jobs or relationships.  The Lord showed me that this is one of the key reasons so many people today are not walking in their calling even after He has revealed to them what it is He has called them to do.

As Believers, we often feel obligated to be nice, to turn the other cheek, to put others first and suffer on behalf of Christ (Matthew 5:39, Philippians 1:29).  Far less often are we taught or do we remember that Jesus also called us to be shrewd, and boldly stand for what is right (Matthew 10:16, Mark 3:5-6).  In other words, we are out of balance…all lamb, no lion, or at best a cuddly little kitten.  From not speaking up when we are served a bad meal at a restaurant to putting up with a bully at work, many of us have simply learned to “put up and shut up”, keep the peace, and not make any demands.  Unfortunately, every time we choose not to stand up for ourselves, we give away more and more of our God-given power.

Embracing our calling requires that we give ourselves permission to walk a different path, to make choices that may be opposite the expectations others have placed on us and the courage to do something we may have never done before.  Most of all it requires our willingness to take action and an unwavering faith that God will provide ALL our needs.  Without these ingredients, our journey to fulfill our calling becomes next to impossible – our own vision, resources and strength are simply not up to the task.  It is not for lack of divine opportunity that most of us stay stuck or fail but rather for lack of trust in God’s provision.

In order to succeed for His glory we must acknowledge the immensity of God’s love for us, His purpose for us, and His desire to pour out His favor on our lives.  There is not a single living person that can make us feel inferior, incompetent or invaluable if we truly believe to be sons and daughters of the most High!  You are enough because He is more than enough!  Don’t be ashamed of your ideas, your creativity, and the unique way God designed you.

Stop settling for an “ok” life and career and step into your God-given potential.  If you are lacking courage, if you’re hesitating to move forward with the dream God has placed on your heart, if you feel discouraged and not sure what to do next – here are some practical things you can do to reclaim your God-given power:

  • Let Him guide your words – learn to speak the truth in love without coming across as harsh, critical or opinionated (Matthew 10:19, Luke 21:15)
  • Don’t let others steal your power – know who you are in Christ (2 Corinthians 2:14)
  • Avoid the “first offer” syndrome – never settle for less than God’s best in your life (Romans 8:17)
  • Encourage yourself in the Lord – stay in His word daily and stand on the supremacy of Christ (1 Samuel 30:6)
  • Start praising God for what He’s promised – trust that He will provide even when you cannot see the evidence in the physical realm yet (Daniel 10:12-13)

I pray you found encouragement in this article to step forward to take action toward living your dreams.  If you need practical help and motivation as you pursue your dreams of starting your own business or transforming your career to align with your God-given gifts, I invite you to schedule a complimentary strategy session with me.  Let’s work together to create your success roadmap and overcome any obstacles that stand in your way of becoming everything you were intended to be.

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