Who told you?
you weren't good enough?
you can't do this?
you aren't smart enough, brave enough, beautiful enough, talented enough?
you aren't capable?
He says "Just who do you think you are? You can't do this. You will fail, better give up now.
You will always be on the outside looking in, never accepted, never seen, and never a success.
It's selfish to chase after dreams and try to be different from everyone around you. Just do what everyone else is doing and be satisfied with that. Why do you have to want something more, do you think you're better or something?"
On our bad no good rotten days, it's easy to believe the liar. Easy to give in and want to wave the white flag.
The truth is we are capable and made for more even when and especially when we mess up and feel defeated.
It isn't just a word, it's a choice, a lifestyle. A chance to take every opportunity to God and ask for His will to be done.
When we have full confidence that we won't be shamed (Is 54:4) because God encamps, around those that fear Him ( Ps 34:7) and He is pleased to give us the kingdom (Luke 2:32)
I wonder, if we were affirmed of our gifts would it make the fear of using them go away? Would it put a wind in our sails and give us wings? Confidence to go after what's in our hearts?
I recently read this quote,
"If you lose your purpose it's like your broken." Hugo-from the movie Hugo
And isn't that the truth? When we aren't sure what we are made for we wonder why on earth am I here?
Is it hard to believe that you were created for a unique purpose? A special gift that no one else has?
Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father's house to the land that I will show you. 2 And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” Gen 12:1-3 emphasis mine
Our gifts are the blessing, and they come from God.
What if our gifts relate to our calling somehow? And we are just waiting for someone to affirm it in us?
We are blessed so that we can turn around and be a blessing to others. From the overflow.
Today lets be the person in someone's life that recognizes and affirms the talents and gifts in others. Lets be someone that bring life with our words because words are powerful and can lift someone up or bring them down low.
Of course we could always choose to do nothing and not step into our calling and miss out on a great blessing, but I don't want to do that, and I doubt you do either.
I hope that when it's all said and done and I'm standing in front of God one day He will say "Well done, my girl, well done"
And all the fear and dragon slaying will have been worth it just to hear those words from my heavenly father.
Where faith starts fear ends.