You were made for more!

You were made for more. God created you for a specific work.

As you learn more and more how God works, you will learn how to do your work. (Colossians, Chapter 1)

When your circumstances seem contrary to a work ordained by God and more like chaotic disaster, or mundane, rat race, it’s time to refocus and claim what is yours.

We pray that you’ll have the strength to stick it out over the long haul—not the grim strength of gritting your teeth but the glory-strength God gives. It is strength that endures the unendurable and spills over into joy, thanking the Father who makes us strong enough to take part in everything bright and beautiful that he has for us. (Colossians, Chapter 1)

I know how to grit my teeth and endure. I’ve counted my blessings, kept a gratitude journal, and focused on the good things in the midst. I love my hair stylist, Shannon. She’s not only an amazing artist with your hair needs, but she cares for you.  Her love for Jesus spills over into your chair and church happens.

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I was recently in her chair updating her on life, work, and family. I announced at the end of it all, I guess I just need to be thankful for……..

Maybe my voice sounded like I was settling versus being grateful, so she had the confidence to say in her wonderful, southern accent:

God did not create us to live like that.  (“that” being a settled state of “Oh well…”)

My first reaction was one of shock, because typically you hear an encouraging reminder of the importance of gratitude. I’m not confessing gratitude is not important or commanded by God.  I know the verses, and I’ve read Ann Voskamp’s book 1,000 Gifts. Great book!

For me, in that moment, she gave me permission to dare greatly, to “dare to live fully right where you are” (Ann Voskamp).  It’s not arrogant, rude, out-of-touch with reality, or magical thinking to trust God for more, and as she reminded me, to claim scripture for your life.  You can trust God for more than your physical body can take, your mental capacity can conceive, and your spiritual well can hold.

….thanking the Father who makes us strong enough to take part in everything bright and beautiful that he has for us.

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Wes Rickards recently wrote about a man with no limbs who climbed the tallest mountain in Africa.  We hear headlines like this, and we can’t even wrap our minds around the magnitude of the determination and “more” that God called that person to accomplish.  I encourage you to read the article, Man with no Limbs Climbs Tallest Mountain in Africa.

When I was younger, I did pray a lot that I would just like wake up and have arms and legs,” he added.  “Now, I think those prayers have been answered in a totally different way, in a way that I could never have imagined before.  It’s come in the form of the learning that I’ve gotten to have, and that can transcend into anything.  Now, there’s nothing in the world that you could offer me to have me live my life again differently…  I feel like it’s the biggest blessing I’ve ever received being born the way I was.

(Wes Rickard’s interview with Kyle Maynard)

Before closing out with a worship song by Mercy Me, I came in from my early morning Jesus time on the back patio to my husband reading my blog.   He wanted to share this song with us by Switchfoot:

“Meant To Live”

Fumbling his confidence
And wondering why the world has passed him by
Hoping that he’s bent for more than arguments
And failed attempts to fly, fly

[Chorus]
We were meant to live for so much more
Have we lost ourselves?
Somewhere we live inside
Somewhere we live inside
We were meant to live for so much more
Have we lost ourselves?
Somewhere we live inside

Dreaming about Providence
And whether mice or men have second tries
Maybe we’ve been livin with our eyes half open
Maybe we’re bent and broken, broken

We want more than this world’s got to offer
We want more than this world’s got to offer
We want more than the wars of our fathers
And everything inside screams for second life, yeah

We were meant to live for so much more
Have we lost ourselves?
We were meant to live for so much more
Have we lost ourselves?
We were meant to live for so much more
Have we lost ourselves?
We were meant to live
We were meant to live

You were made for so much more than all of this. I hope you have time to worship with this beautiful song from Mercy Me and stand ready for your more:

 

 

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