Devotion: Talking Versus Doing

“In all labor there is profit, but merely talking
about it leads to poverty.” – Proverbs 14:23

God plants dreams and passions inside of each of us. As we experience Him through our relationship with His Son Jesus Christ, He leads us on. God wants to use the passions He has given each of us, to draw us to Him. When God places a deep desire in our heart to do something and we know it is something He is leading us to do at that moment, the follow through is called “obedience”. You know – it is what God is desiring you to do in His strength, yet it requires faith. A faith in Christ Jesus – who came to save you and lead you into a relationship with your Creator. A relationship with the God of the Universe, that is better than life. It’s a journey filled with adrenaline, a spiritual high, and the unknown. Just you and God.

Sometimes, we can find ourselves stuck where we can talk about the dreams we have, but spend more time talking than acting on those God-given desires. Prayer is to be our first line of defense – so we can do things in God’s timing. That’s when everything works out, for the better. . . We need to walk in obedience versus merely talking about it. When I started what is now “Grace Leads” I didn’t really tell many people about it – until it was nearly done. My song, during my teenage years, was “Dare You to Move”… If only, I would do something. Something. Anything. The first step is often the hardest, but it is where the profit (rewards) are found.

What passions has God planted within you?

Are you praying about what He is asking you to do at this moment?

Is He leading you to step out in faith?

Don’t worry about the possibility of utter failure. I know, I worry about it too. What if we could just get out of that mindset, and focus on our relationship with Christ – and taking that first step, trusting and knowing we aren’t in this alone! How would it radically change our move from thinking about what we long to do, and begin the process of doing this “soul thing” – the thing we long for – and God can totally use to lead others to Him.

How Did I Get From There to Here?

I am missing a great group of friends tonight. Friends I had the privilege of serving with. It was only for a year, but seems much longer. That happens when you serve with a  certain group multiple days in a week’s time, and they were part of your core group of Christ-centered friends. For a while anyway. Up to listening to part of my story? Here it goes (now is the time to return to whatever you were doing if you aren’t up to listening):

I was involved in a great Christian Leadership and Ministry program at Fresno Pacific University (God knows how much I cherished my classmates and professors). Part of the program is an internship. I found myself needing to immerse somewhere. I needed a place where I could get more “hours” to pass my class. On my bus route at the time, I had heard about this non-profit. Thought about going to seeing about volunteering. For whatever reason, I didn’t follow that urgency… until I came to a frantic place where I needed to get more hours (God works in mysterious ways, doesn’t He?). This place of wonderful people, they ministered more to me than I do to others. I got sick. I barely finished my hours, to finish the program.

Toward the end of my final semester, I got really sick. It was by God’s grace I kept volunteering and finished my degree – barely got my hours in. Then after Christmas break, I returned to volunteer and my body couldn’t keep up. People must have wondered if I dropped off the planet. I miss them terribly. I wish my body would let me serve like I used to, in that special place.

There, I was God’s hands and feet (we served the community providing food, clothing, and prayer support). Here, I am mainly God’s hands. I write. This is my most homey place of serving. Some days, it can’t compare to what I did there (or the high-ish feeling it gave)… And this is the only thing I have comparable to there. I wish I could serve there again. I wish my body would just let me. I have to hold onto my faith and trust staying within the lines of my limitations is the best for me and others. After all, I need to be loving.

Still Gracefully Overcoming
(Some days just seem easier than others)