Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday...the F word


NO!  Not THAT F word!  There is actually another F word that conjures up so many emotions in my life...failure.  What is it about the word that makes me shudder?  
According to Google, it's this:


LACK OF SUCCESS          DEFEAT          LOSER          UNDERACHIEVER
NE'ER-DO-WELL          DISAPPOINTMENT          DUD

Are you kidding me?!  I don't want to be any of those things!!!  But, there is something that I DO want to be.  I want to be someone who seeks to be more like Christ and not be scared of failure.  I want to be exactly who He created me to be.  I'm tired of being scared to fail, afraid of being a loser, and terrified of looking like a dud!
Where did all this come from, you might ask?  I nearly turned down an opportunity to serve at my church for fear that I would let my church family down.  Isn't that crazy?!  I was scared of looking like a failure - at my own church!!!  Who thinks that way?!  #thisgirl

Thankfully, when I got home from the meeting, I laid all my fears out in an email to the leaders and I asked them to pray for me.  I really just left it up to God and thought, "if He really wants me to serve, He'll make it clear to me."

I received the most sincere and uplifting messages from one of the leaders.  She reminded me that God calls us to big, big things and as Christine Caine so beautifully said, “God requires our obedience before our understanding”.

And then she included a verse that came to mind after reading my email:

Philippians 3:12-14  English Standard Version (ESV)

Straining Toward the Goal

12 Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. 13 Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

I really liked what it said but I was curious how The Message would word it.  Friends, get ready for this.  It was like God thumped me in the forehead!

Philippians 3:12-14  The Message (MSG)

Focused on the Goal

12-14 I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.

I definitely don't have this all together but I am on my way!  I'm reaching out for Christ who is reaching out to me.  I am absolutely no expert but I have my eye on the goal.  I'm off and running, and I'm not turning back!  Will you join me?  God doesn't see us as losers, duds, or failures - and neither should we!

Thanks for stopping by!  Gig 'em and God bless!
Holly

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14 comments:

  1. I love this post!! There are times when I feel like a failure and it just take a few encouraging words to lift my spirits!!

    ♥Krystal
    www.CreativelyDysfunctional.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you, Krystal! And, thank God for grace and mercy! We are definitely not failures - just works in progress! Have a blessed day!

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  2. So glad I found your blog! I love this post!!!!

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    1. Thanks! I'm glad you found me too! Have a blessed day!

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    1. And guess what shirt I'm wearing today?! :) Thanks, friend!

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  4. Good stuff here. Thank you for this reminder it is good for my soul to focus on what is really important.

    Thanks for linking up with us!

    http://www.ourprettylittlegirls.com/

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    1. Thanks for your link up! The camera strap was adorable! Fantastic idea!

      See you next week!

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  5. Did you make that last printable...about stop worrying and start letting God? If so, you are sent from heaven. It's so what I needed to hear today! And I am going to keep that in my mind and close to my heart. Thank you friend!

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  6. I love this and I totally needed to read this today. I struggle with the idea of "failure" and really, it's such a prideful way to be. Often in the midst of failure, we learn some of the most important lessons!

    This was fabulous. Thanks for sharing and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop.

    Wishing you a lovely day.
    xoxo

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    1. I couldn't agree more, Jennifer! I'm really trying to be aware of my thoughts and not bring myself down. God has done so much for me to self destruct and take all that away!

      Thanks for stopping by - and thanks for hosting the link up!

      Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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  7. What a great post! Thanks for sharing....while I wait as well during our adoption process, I've felt like a huge failure so many times. Your words are such an encouragement. Thanks for linking up with our link party. I hope you link up again this Tuesday!

    Sarah
    www.sarahefrazer.com

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    1. Thank you, Sarah! While you wait during your adoption process just know that God is writing your story. I can't imagine how it feels to wait and wait but someday when that child that God has picked out just for you guys wraps his or her arms around your neck, you will know it was all worth it. And, your struggles could turn into someone else's encouragement. I'll be praying for you!

      Thanks for hosting the link up! I look forward to linking up on Tuesday!

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