As I am transitioning into a new season of post-grad life, I have days where I need to center myself on truth. I find myself aimless without tuning my ears to the voice of God because I need him to elevate me. In the midst of listening, these are a few things that I have heard him speaking to me.
You have as much credibility in God as ANYONE else.
When we are chasing dreams or job hunting, it is all too easy to believe in other people and to lack belief in ourselves. We are quick to trust that God will provide for others but forget about us. We live in a culture that constantly reinforces the idea that our dreams are for someone else or that we have nothing to offer. Whereas, God says that we are royalty, children of the light, a city on a hill, and salt of the earth. God says we are His workmanship to produce good works. I have as much credibility in God as ANYONE else because I am an heir of Christ, and in God’s Kingdom, there is no hierarchy. You have as much credibility in God as anyone else because you are an heir of Christ, and in God’s kingdom there is no hierarchy.
Fight for what God has put inside of you.
We all have passions and gifts that are challenged by fear and thoughts of inadequacy. We can choose to be fear-filled or faith-filled. Do not let fear have the last word. Prepare yourself to go to war with fear. If we do not look at fear as your enemy, it will destroy us. Instead, we fight for truth. I fight for what God has put inside of me and shut out the voice of fear until the only voice speaking over me is that of the Father, and it’s time for you to do the same.
Cultivate DAILY time alone with God to keep your passions alive.
We are surround by people and places that can steal our attention from the One who gives us life and purpose. God is teaching me about sustainability. How do I keep my passion alive? The fan to the flame sparks in time alone with God. What is done in the secret place will be shouted from the rooftops. This may look like a reading a daily devotional or walking and praying over dreams and the future. I have developed a discipline with the Lord that keeps my passions from growing dim. Cultivate DAILY time alone with God to keep your passions alive.
See all people and opportunities as valuable.
When a new opportunity arises, do you ask yourself if it will be helpful or enjoyable? When asked this question, I found myself at a standstill because it’s a natural tendency for me to see someone as valuable if they can further my ambitions. This is such a twisted view of people. Make a conscious effort to see others as Jesus sees them. All people are valuable and worth knowing even if you feel they have nothing to offer you.
Recognize when inspiration turns into intimidation.
We constantly look at social media for inspiration, but the enemy loves to twist our admiration for people into a platform for insecurities to reign. Be careful in discerning when this happens. If you notice that your thoughts of comparison are seeping in and stifling your growth, cut off from social media for a bit.
Surround yourself with Life Giving Community.
Be around people who will speak life into your dreams and celebrate your victories. If you are surrounded by people who feel threatened by your success or a circle of people who resists encouragement, insecurity and envy will manifest, and selfish ambition will take root. If you don’t feel like you have this community, ask for God to bring these people into your life. If you are looking for a community, email one of us at Radiant, and we would love to connect you!
The setbacks are purposeful.
When you face obstacles, know that they are not pointless but trust that “The testing of your faith produces steadfastness; let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”
Do not despise your time in the waiting.
Know that you are being pruned. God is preparing you, and what he begins in you, he will be faithful to complete. You will spend a portion of time in life on the other side of the mountain of your dreams, but recognize that God is shaping you. It is better to be trained in private then to be launched into the promise before you are ready.
When you fail, God extends generous, ever flowing grace.
There is no pressure in success when we know that God extends grace to us if and when we fall short. Let yourself receive this grace and this assurance which will propel you to make more risks. Know that God will catch you.
These simple words have been some of the best advice I have heard in the past month. Do not go anywhere unless the peace of God meets you there. They remind me of Moses’ prayer in Exodus when he says,“You have been telling me, ‘Lead these people,’ but you have not let me know whom you will send with me… If you are pleased with me, teach me your ways.” The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Then Moses said to him, “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here.”