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Full, Not Fine

So here is a conversation I hear at least ten times a week…(for example, at the grocery store):

“Hi! How are you?”

“Hi! I”m just fine, thanks. How are you?”

“I”m fine too.”

“Oh good. Glad to hear it. Take care!”

“You too!”

End of conversation.

I’m so glad everyone is doing just fine.

Somehow I doubt that’s the whole truth. What do you think?

Are we too busy to be real with each other? Are we too tired? Are we too afraid they couldn’t handle how we are really doing? Are we so bored with our lives that “fine” is all that comes to mind?

Here’s another question...What if God wants more for us than to be “fine?”

What if he wants our life to be full, not fine.

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. - John 10:10

And I don’t mean life full of activities and busyness.

I mean life full of Jesus. Full of the Holy Spirit. Full of fulfilling His calling on our lives. Full of purpose. Full of excitement and meaning and joy, and maybe even full of risk.

We were made for a purpose. We were made for adventure. We were made for more than to be just “fine.”

Jesus Christ is the most exciting adventure of our lives, if we would follow Him into our calling. I’m beginning to just get a taste of what that could mean in my life…please don’t hear me bragging. Taking risks is not something I’m good at. I have had so many years of being held back by my fears, and I still struggle with fear daily.
But...I’m taking a step of faith, and getting out of my safe little box, and following Jesus into what I believe He’s asking me to do. I’m scared, and over my head, and some people may think I’m crazy. That’s why I trust it (and trust Him).

I have been writing for several years now. But now I’m writing an eight-week Bible study on our identity in Christ. I am doing some video interviews, and photos shoots, and things I’ve never done before. I’m being stretched well beyond what I’m capable of...but I think that’s right where Jesus can use me the most. And I’m so excited. My heart feels “full,” not just fine.

And I have no idea how it’s going to turn out. It may fail. But I’m stepping out, and giving it all I’ve got. I’m doing it, with God’s help. Only with His Spirit will I complete what he has for me.

I felt God nudging me to encourage you as well. What is that thing that God’s asking you to do, but you are too busy, scared, or worried what others will think?

Do you feel like you don’t know what He’s asking you to do? Ask Him to show you! He isn’t going to hide it from you.

Your calling is in God’s heart. If you seek God and you seek His heart, you are going to find your calling - Beth Moore

Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. - Hebrews 13:20-21

He will equip you with everything good for doing His will! He is for you!

We will have to have some faith. We will have to have some trust in Him. We will have to have a lot of courage. I think of this verse often, and it’s a sobering (and motivating) verse:

 

Oh Jesus, help us to not shrink back. May our confidence be in you! You are trustworthy!

May we never be one who shrinks back….may we never be one who talks ourselves out of our calling because of our fear. Or whatever the reason.

Jesus, let us be full of you today, not just “fine.” Not just going through the motions. Not just getting by. Lord, help us to live the full lives you have called us to. Amen.

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If you are an imperfect wife, mom, daughter, or friend, struggling to stay focused on God in the craziness and find joy in the heartache, then we have something in common. I am a recovering perfectionist and daughter of the King, slowly learning to fully trust the One who sees me just as I am, and is already pleased. I’m so glad you are here.

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