Josh was awfully excited about the journey laid out before him. He had dreams, he had goals, he was ready for change. There was, however, one miniscule problem, (okay, okay, it was a huge problem!)…
Josh didn’t know how to get from here to there. He didn’t have the resources or the know-how.
Between his reality and the reality he wanted to live, an enormous gap lay, contemptuously mocking Josh for dreaming.
If you’ve ever felt like Josh-
You’ve Got A Few Options
- Give up. The gap is too big, you’ll never make it across.
- Pretend the gap is not there, take a huge leap and fall flat on your face.
- Seek help from others and hope they’ll be available.
Or… and this is a BIG ‘OR’
Seek The Favor And Presence Of God
Can I encourage Josh…and maybe you too?
Maybe, the reason you can’t find the mentorship you so badly desire is because that person you’re looking to is not the answer. Some people cannot, or aren’t willing, to give what we expect.
Can I challenge you to drop the expectations?
What if you released that person from the expectations you have of them and instead sought the favor and Presence of God?
Pastor Steven Furtick blessed me with a story he shared in one of his messages. When he was first building his church, he sought out mentors, several of them. For whatever reason, although they were nice to him, things never worked out. He was looking for someone to stand with him, guide him, and encourage him on this new journey. Yet he found himself alone, questioning if God was even in this new endeavor of His.
When sharing his heart with his wife, Holly, she looked at him and said, “God’s not going to give you the kind of help you’re asking for because He wants to give you more help than any human can give you. He, Himself, wants to be your source.”
Now don’t misinterpret me. I’m not suggesting we don’t need people to impart into our lives. God created us for community and fellowship. Don’t go updating your Facebook status saying ‘Darlene said we don’t need anyone!!‘ Don’t crucify me up there like that. Calm down long enough to hear what I AM saying.
Instead, I’m challenging you to stop wanting others to fill a need in your life that only God can fill. Stop wanting others to be for you what only God can be. Stop wanting others to approve of you the way only God can.
As Josh, you, and I stand, facing that enormous gap between our reality and the reality we wish to live- let us say like the Psalmist said, “Lord, You are my portion!” (Psalm 119:57). You are our source.
And on the other side of that gap, my friend, only He will get the glory!
Don’t give up. “Your help comes from the Lord!” (Psalm 121:2).
Question: Have you been expecting help from others and been left feeling disappointed? Are you ready to change your focus to God, your Source? If that’s you, leave me a comment below, or on my Facebook page. I want to cheer you on because I know that with God as your Source, you will make it to the other side of that gap!
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