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Stretch Yourself

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If God is for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:31

Have you stretched lately?  I’m talking about stretching your spiritual muscles.  Have you stuck your neck out there and tried something new and different for the Lord?  Are you even willing to do that?  I think many of us talk the talk but when put to the test, we’d rather stay within our comfort zone.  Someone else will do it.  Right?

If you are truly on fire for God, I don’t think He will let you stay comfortable.  You are going to be asked to do things you aren’t comfortable doing.

I’ll be the first to admit that I would likely say no to an opportunity if it felt “scary”.  My heart might tell me to do it but my mind would wander and think of all the what ifs and reasons why it wouldn’t be a good idea.

Mostly, I’d allow what people might think of me to hold me back.  I mean, what if I really screw it up?  What if I say the wrong thing or someone asks a bible question that I can’t answer?  Then what?

Then what?! How about so what?!  I mean, who am I truly serving here?  Man or God?  If God is telling me to do something, how then can I go wrong?  It makes sense.  God won’t let me down and if I fail, He’s big enough to take care of it.

But that’s not what I buy into.  It’s not what I let rule my thought life and my actions.  I let fear of what someone else might think or do take over and keep me stationary.  Not moving any further forward for His kingdom.  It keeps me from speaking truth to those who need to hear it.  It keeps me in my safety zone, surrounded by other believers and not stepping out or reaching out to the hurting and broken.

Now that I find myself coming out of the mommy-fog of having 3 that are 3 and under (and a tween), I find that it’s time to step out and get busy.  I want my family actively doing something in the community to glorify God.  If we start young, maybe they won’t feel so held back by worries of judgments like I am.  Or worries of not being good enough to be a helper.

None of us are good enough.  That was the whole point of Christ’s life and death.

Do you find yourself struggling with any of these issues?  Have you stepped out in faith and done something you knew you weren’t capable of doing? Who has inspired you to try something new?  Please share.  If you have something that a family of 6 (with still some what small children) could do, share that!  We’re ready for some changes and challenges.

Reading suggestion: Under The Overpass

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified. What then shall we say to these things?  If God is for us, who can be against us?”

Romans 8:28-31

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