I invite you to read Kristen’s message for Women Walking with Jesus. You’ll be strengthened and challenged.
Ephesians 2:10, HCSB
“For we are His creation, created in Christ Jesus for good works,
which God prepared ahead of time so that we should walk in them.”
The past few years have held major lessons for me in the area of that one loaded word we all fear the weight and long the adventure of: calling.
The lessons have not been without heartbreak, but they have been so worth it. I’ve stepped out when I was terrified, re-routed my course when the Lord was directing my steps a different way, cried over mistakes, rejoiced over victories, and rested in Jesus’ faithfulness more than ever.
I share rather openly how I struggle with discouragement. The kind of discouragement that often, in the past, would leave me completely crippled in my calling. I’d talk myself out of things, put them off, question and question again if I was hearing right. One day though I started asking what I had been secretly afraid of all along:
Kristen, what if you are made for it? What if you stopped listing all the reasons you shouldn’t do this and started simply asking, what if God really is planning this for me? What does that look like today?
These little questions changed things for me.
If Ephesians 2:10 (HCSB) is serious, I’ve got some surrendering to do.
“For we are His creation, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time so that we should walk in them.”
Friend, what if God, through Jesus, actually does have plans for your life? What if something is at stake here? What if the decisions of your today impact tomorrow and next year and ten years after that?
I don’t know what you’ve been struggling with lately. Maybe you’re called to write and you just cannot seem to start that blog. Maybe you are meant to speak to women but you keep turning down opportunities due to fear. Maybe you know deep down God is whispering for you to adopt but you’re terrified to bring it up to your husband. Maybe your community really does need that outreach program. Maybe your neighbor really is suffering and the bread you keep baking but never actually delivering could very well be the hands of Jesus to her.
Sure, not every attempt takes off the way I may hope. I don’t sweat that anymore. I just take one more step every day. I listen up, follow hard, seek counsel from the people who know me well, and then I just do it. I say yes.
We may not speak to 200,000 or solve the orphan crisis in our one home but our part adds up. The Body cannot function if the eyes are too afraid to open or the feet keep giving way to stage fright.
What if we were crazy brave today and asked: What if we are made for it?
Wouldn’t it be sad to waste our callings on the what ifs and worries that Jesus is more than able to conquer? I want to be someone who does what she is meant to do and who does it with excellence. Rather than talk myself out of it, I’m learning to talk myself into it. Trusting that the One who has called me is faithful and if I’m wholeheartedly seeking, He will reroute my course if need be.
In the meantime you can find me hiking trails, studying my heart out, opening my home, laughing loud, writing and teaching Bible studies and learning the names of the people in my community.
I think that’s what I am made for.
How about you?
Kristen Schiffman is a Bible study writer and teacher who loves chai lattes and blank pages. She’s served on staff at multiple women’s ministries and is the co-founder of The Dinner Table Collective (set to launch in early 2015). You can find her online at KristenSchiffman.me and The Dinner Table Collective.