Monday, October 24, 2011

Stepping Into Our Role

"And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work."
2 Corinthians 9:8

She leaped onto center stage unabashedly and sang her heart out in the middle of Doolittle Park. This grandma, proudly looking on from the circle of park benches, noticed her granddaughter's delight and confidence in her own performance. 

Bending low at the waist to her audience of one, I couldn't help but wonder, "What if we all stepped into our God-given roles with such free abandon?" What if we stopped worrying about what other's thought of us, what we looked like, or if we were holy enough? What if we just stepped into our role with fearless abandon--without questioning God? What would that look like? How would that change us? How would that affect others?

If your like me, when God asks you to step onto center stage, you hesitate and ask God if He's mistaken, "You talkin' to me, God?" Then, you spend weeks, months, years maybe asking for confirmation. I think confirmation is necessary to make sure you're in sync with God's will, but when you know that you know...then enough already...step out in faith and obedience. Stop feeling self-conscious and keep your eyes fixed on heaven. He will direct your paths.

I say this knowing these decisions to follow God are difficult because although He leads, sometimes His path, His way is difficult. Stepping into our God-given role  might look different than the all-American dream of a house, two cars, 2 1/2 kids and a dog. It might mean giving up the American dream and living uncomfortably on faith day by day.

I don't know what your role looks like, but I do know we all have a role to play in God's big story. What's your role? Have you ever thought about it? Have you ever asked God what part he wants you to play? If you know, what's holding you back from leaping onto center stage?

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

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