The First Day of the Rest of Your Life...
...the words ran through my head, as I thought of what has been going on around me lately.
Today a close friend of mine closed a door in his life and opened a new one. Well, that is not really the whole story, it is a God story, so with it are so many more details about his new direction in life.
Today my friend, Justin, became a Youth Pastor at my church. He walked away from a job he was good at, a job he went to school and had to trained long and hard for. A job that was difficult to say good-bye to, but you see he realized that God had something else in mind for him. Today was the first day of the rest of his life, in doing what he was made to do: being a Youth Pastor.
My friend is embarking in something he really knows very little about personally. Sure he has been to church for most of his life, but really he has had no training in being a Pastor. No schooling, as of yet, in shepherding people. But he knows that God has called him. He understands that his life is not his own, but that it was bought at a very high price by Jesus. And because of this,
today is the first day of the rest of his life.
He is going to trust God and follow His lead into this new day!
True for me and you too. Each day God gives us is a new opportunity to use it for Him. It may not mean a job change, or it might. It may not mean we get stretched as much as Justin, but it might and it probably will be way out of our comfort zone.
The comfort zone is over rated. Sure it is safe, or so it seems, but really it is a dangerous place for us. We easily become self focused. We easily become complacent and often lose sight of what it is we are supposed to be doing with our lives here on earth. Our souls grow fat, but our Spirit grows weak and small in comparison.
Each of us was made for a purpose. Each of us needs to grab hold of God and ask Him to show us (this day) what it is that He is asking of us today. We need to have willing hearts and eager spirits to follow hard after Him, even if it means we are not 'COMFORTABLE' in it. Growing in our faith, just like physical growth from a child to an adult, causes stretching and sometimes pain.
Are we willing to be stretched? Are we too comfortable?
I will be sharing what stretching God has been doing in my own life lately. I'd love to hear how you too are being stretched and what you are learning in it.
As I look out my window it is dark here, this day has nearly ended. Tomorrow is coming.
"Come let us get ready. Because today will be the first day of the rest of our lives. Let's give God our hearts, our wills and our time. Let's let Him take us out of our comfort zone and into whatever it is that He has prepared for us."
Don't be scared, God is already there waiting for us.
Remember, wherever He calls us to, He enables us in it!