This year has been an awesome journey of trials, mountain top victories, faith testing, trips through some valleys and indescribable moments that I couldn’t have planned if I tried. I’ve been on a mission to figure out my ‘calling’. You know, that thing you do. That thing you were created to do. Your “purpose”. I thought I had it all figured out several years ago only to find out that wasn’t it. Well, at least not at the moment.
See, there’s this thing called “God’s actually in control”. So the moment you decide to take over, He has this fatherly discipline that loves to remind you. At any rate, the discipline took over my life. And here we are. And here I stand corrected.
Amazed, that He still considers me, because He has a plan.
So anyway, I started into the year with a focused plan to let God do with me whatever He wanted, with my hands wide open, my heart receptive and my mind ready to be washed. And, to be totally souled out! I was sick and tired of living just enough. I was really feeling like deep down in my soul I was destined to be something more than what I saw day to day. I was ready to find a “cure to the common life”.
I remember when I my oldest son was just a toddler and I was approaching undergraduate college graduation as a single mom. My husband (who was at the time and always has been my confidant & best friend) said to me, the most life altering thing.
In love and inspiration he sincerely said “do something else, that’s a great achievement but you aren’t the first single mom to graduate college and you certainly won’t be the last. What else will you do to make your mark”. At the time, in all my insecurity I cried at those words. Looking back, that was the best advice I could have ever been given. My husband helped me to see that being a single mom should never define me. He helped me to see that having a college degree didn’t define me. He helped me to recognize that I had a greater purpose than being defined by labels and accolades. He has always inspired me to find the Rx in any situation rather than focus on the problem. Those words set the stage for knowing that every word spoken over me could be used to lay a foundation. I could take those words and find them in God’s word and find out what they meant. I could allow God to teach me how to take even the most demeaning words and create a testimony. I could allow words like “You’re going to end up just like your mother” in reference to being a young single mom be turned into becoming “Just like my mother” who was a praying woman who did everything she knew to do to care for her children with a reverence for God that shined brighter than any situation she faced. I could cause those words to create a hunger in me to truly dig into understanding who a Proverbs 31 woman really is. I could come to understand that I was purposely formed in my MOTHER’S womb and God knew me then. That God knows me now. That God STILL has plans for me.
Here I am already half way through the year which I was destined to find my calling. To find my ‘cure for this common life’ that other people are also looking for their own Rx.
You were born prepacked-for a purpose! Long before you were born, God equipped you with special and unique tools to achieve his purpose and fulfill his plan. Discovering what he gave you is the first step toward curing the common life. -Max Lucado Cure for the Common Life.
There it is!
So I’m committing the next however-long-it-takes to finding the Rx for this so called common life. A while back I tossed out the challenge to adopted the theme and commit some time to doing whatever it takes to adding to that them. This week I adopted the theme of “AWESOME” knowing that when God created me, He was thinking that! I mean, really if He said it, I’m just gonna stick to that version of the story. It’s better than some of that other garbage I’ve told myself, read in magazines and considered the fact that my thighs weren’t thinner or my hair doesn’t do that or my abs AREN’T FLAT! Why can’t we just be awesome! In our own skin.
But here’s the caveat, if you’ve started settling for less than your potential, for the negative words people have spoken over you or the situation that’s become a test of your faith…you’re not even coming close to finding awesome. You might just be living the common life. Here’s a prescription to finding some inspiration…
Ephesians 3: 16-19 I’m asking God to give you a gift from the wealth of his glory. I pray that he would give you inner strength and power through his Spirit. 17 Then Christ will live in you through faith. I also pray that love may be the ground into which you sink your roots and on which you have your foundation. 18 This way, with all of God’s people you will be able to understand how wide, long, high, and deep his love is. 19 You will know Christ’s love, which goes far beyond any knowledge. I am praying this so that you may be completely filled with God.
(20) Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, (21) to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations [c]forever and ever. Amen.
When we first got the idea for inneractive FITCLUB it was with the intention of building this business of fitness, bringing together a community of people and having Christ as the cornerstone of that foundation. We were told it wasn’t a business, it was in fact ministry and not to be surprised when God turned it into what it was destined to be. Ephesians 3:16 is the foundational scripture God gave me when I started to wonder what ‘my calling’ really was. I’m finding more and less disappointments as I let go of the plans I have and ask for the plans God has. Have you found the Rx for your common life?
- Word-filled Wednesday: ENOUGH (myinneractive.com)
- Thankful Thursday: Faith, Finding Purpose & FitFluential-ness (myinneractive.com)