Be confident- More than persuaded


Have you ever met someone who was so gifted, talented and anointed, but hasn’t walked into their potential yet? I have met men and women who knew they were gifted in a certain area, but never pushed themselves to pursue and develop that gift.  I have also met individuals who knew what they were called to do, and ran away from the very thing they knew was their gift from God. I always told myself that if I really knew how to sing, (like Shirley Ceasar type sing!), I would be a world famous artist right now, traveling the world, meeting fans and signing autographs. No one would be able to pull me and my gift off the stage, I just think that singing is a great gift from God, and If I had been given that gift, I would have used it to the best of my ability. Though when it came to me developing the gift I have in writing, for some reason, I wasn’t as confident.

I spent time trying to understand why I wasn’t trying to go forth and do the thing I knew God had called me to do. I brushed it off as it “Not being my season” or that I was “Waiting on God”. However the core of my issue was, I was selfish, and truly didn’t believe wholeheartedly in the gift that God had given me.  I was shocked! I was a Christian, I knew I was saved by grace, and I definitely knew I was going to heaven, so why was I so insecure about the gift God had given me, and why was I being so selfish as to question the steps it would take for God to manifest in my gift as I worked. I needed more understanding. So I decided to figure out what was going on with me.

I thought about all the little decisions I made that led to my thought pattern.  “I don’t have the time”, “where am I going to get the money”, “I don’t feel like it”, or my ultimate favorite, “I’ll do it later”. I realized that each one of these sentences started with “I”, and as long as I kept myself in the equation, it was never going to be accomplished. I knew I had to make sacrifices with my time, with my money, and with other recreational activities that weren’t ever going to accomplish anything, I just wasn’t ready to give that up. Then, I started to read and apply the word of God to my life, and my life started to change.

I realized that the scripture commands us to give, like God gave his son for us, so that we may  have eternal life. I realized that my mind was not renewed in the idea that this was something God had assigned me to do. God wanted to use me to bless others with the written word, and I needed to honor God by walking into what he had for me, for giving me an understanding of what needed to be done, for blessing my diligence and prayer toward this mission, and most importantly for having the faith and discipline to carry it out.

I read the story of Daniel and I realized how much of a great man of God he was. Under King Nebuchadnezzar’s rule they were brought into the Kings’ palace and were given a certain ration of the King’s meat and Drink. Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile his body with that food or with the wine. He decided that he was going to drink water and eat vegetables for his duration, and was completely persuaded that after a certain amount of time, his countenance, his understanding and his wisdom would be better than all who were eating of the Kings table. What I realized this time reading through it was Daniels’ faith. He had the Faith to know that even though he was seemingly consuming less than the others, his God would honor his request, and would bless him even the more in his sacrifice. Also, Daniel had the discipline to not partake in the food, even though everyone around him was receiving this hearty meal. And finally, his mindset was so set in the outcome, he knew that in the end he would be victorious. So after a certain amount of time, the king looked over Daniel and his men, and said they were ten times better in wisdom and understanding than all of his men.

After days of pondering this, it finally set in for me. My faith, my discipline, my sacrifice, and my mindset in Christ will take me to the next level. I am totally persuaded and convinced that the things that God has gifted me with are to be used to glorify him. I won’t be afraid of being rejected or not taken seriously, because my faith is in Christ.  I won’t worry about how much time it takes to get it done, because I know that God will honor my sacrifice, and as long as I stay in his word, I will be directed on the way to go. We serve such as awesome God, don’t you think?

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About daranichole

Lover of Christ, Wife, mother, author, and entrepreneur! I have a heart for women!

Posted on January 19, 2010, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. This is really awesome Daralynn! I have a similar situation in which God revealed my gifts of healing and teaching. Growing up people usually assume that if you’re q good in science and math then you should be a doctor or nurse. So I chose nursing because it was 1) easier and 2) my mom was a nurse. So I proceeded to create MY path towards becoming a nurse in college. I applied to nursing school and didn’t get accepted even with having the good grades.
    One day while I was at work a voice clear as day said “study nutrition.” I paused and laughed it off as if I heard something crazy. But in that moment I had no other choice but to surrender to the end of MY path and to start on His. The next semester I started taking nutrition courses and was in amazement how easy it all was coming to me. It was so easy that I was teaching to others in my class, at work and at home.
    Once I started this very path so many doors opened. Each of my lessons always involve reference to God and his order of food in relation to humans and animals. It is through this wonderful gift that I’m able to teach about diabetes, hypertension, kidney disease and so many diseases. I will admit that my faith in his healing power comes from my personal experience with heart disease and has given me a great testimony. All in all, it is quite rewarding to know that you are doing what you are suppose to be doing! Continue doing a good work in His name and I’ll do the same.

  2. Daralynn this was really encouraging to read. Your words caused me to reflect on why I have withdrawn myself from reaching my full potential in Christ. A lot of the things you said has been many of my excuses. The one about Ill get to it later and so forth. U have directed me to ask God to direct me in these areas. Thank u.

  3. Andrea (Ann Dree Ah) Newsome

    This is an Excellent blog that will continue to speak outside of its printed/ typed form.

    I too have known many people who have run from the area they are called to work in and struggle with insecurity. Though,not running from my calling, there have been moments that come to mind where “I” became a problem in my life.

    There are two key statements within this blog,that stuck out like a sore thumb to me.

    (Bold)

    Those statements would be: “Not being my season” or that I was “Waiting on God”. The first reminds me of my command to be instant in season and out of season.

    The second reminds me that God is always speaking and that its hard to seemingly wait on someone who is always speaking to us, if we’re listening.

    I thank you for your diligence in sharing what’s on your mind and in your heart.

    Celebrating your 2010/2011 accomplishments couple with a blessing for many more. – Andrea.Newsome

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