Let me tell you a story.
Once upon a time there was a person. The person faced trials. Then the person overcame the trials.
Sometimes I feel like this is all we give when we attempt to call greatness out of ourselves. We give the bare minimum, because often our doubts overshadow God’s strength. Instead of a colourful full detailed epic tale we hand out a three sentence ‘stick figure’ version of what we think we can do. What’s our problem though? God tells us over and over that it’s not by our strength but by His that we thrive. So even if we can’t do it, He can.
Personally I’ve had a hard time in the past feeling like I’m too young to head into the movement. And there is a movement happening, trust me, I’ve seen it with my own eyes. It’s one of God’s design, where His spirit is breaking chains, healing the sick and delivering people from pains of their past. But though I feel Him calling me into it, like the beckoning that comes from seeing a cool clear body of water on a blistering hot day, I constantly look around and acknowledge that those around me setting the stage for His ministry are much older.
Maybe you also feel too young. Or maybe you feel too old. But personally I don’t think God cares for our age, I think he cares more about our willingness to plunge into the water.
But still, we give just what we must. We don’t make an effort where we aren’t confident in ourselves. But if God calls us into something, it’s because he is confident in us. And he doesn’t regret his choice, or make mistakes. This is especially cool because it means he’s also not planning on letting you go out into the water unprepared, rather he’s planning to equip you by his power. And his power lets us do incredible things, like walk on the water.
God isn’t looking for those who feel equipped, old enough or young enough. He’s looking for the willing. And the willing are the ones who will bring specks of his supernatural kingdom to earth. I don’t know about you, but I want in on that.
Look what happened to Jeremiah. This is what he writes:
4 The Lord gave me this message:
5 “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.”
6 “O Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I can’t speak for you! I’m too young!”
7 The Lord replied, “Don’t say, ‘I’m too young,’ for you must go wherever I send you and say whatever I tell you. 8 And don’t be afraid of the people, for I will be with you and will protect you. I, the Lord, have spoken!” 9 Then the Lord reached out and touched my mouth and said,
“Look, I have put my words in your mouth! 10 Today I appoint you to stand up against nations and kingdoms. Some you must uproot and tear down, destroy and overthrow. Others you must build up and plant.”
Yes…yes I definitely want in on that.
This weekend I’m going to California for a conference called “Brave Love” for women in ministry. Apart from being a completely stoked Canadian girl who is pumped to leave the cold for a few days, I’m also anticipating what God is planning to reveal to me at this weekend. The whole process of going to this conference has been remarkable thus far, and I can’t wait to see what God is going to do once I get there. Chances are I will be blogging about what I learn at some point, so be prepared.
I meet so many people who feel like they ‘don’t have what it takes’. And I feel like I’m constantly fighting this lie (you can even read about it in some of my past blog posts). But it’s more than just that – I feel really passionate about giving people the courage to step out of the ‘cloud’ they’re living under and walk in their destiny, the bright full one that God has lain out for them. God doesn’t take your future lightly. You shouldn’t either.
So be blessed humans! I’m sending out prayers. If you read this then I’m praying that the Spirit comes upon you and ministers to your soul.