I keep a card on my fridge with a quote from Max Lucado that reads:
“If you ever wonder how in the world God could use you to change the world, look at these people. What people? The people God used to change history. People who found hope, not in their performance, but in God’s proverbially Open Arms.”
I’ve looked at the card countless times, yet each time I read it, the quote hits me as a fresh reminder.
Because over the years, as I’ve pursued my dreams of writing and speaking, there have been times I’ve forgotten that truth and put too much emphasis on my own performance. I’ve set goals and bent over backwards to exceed them. I’ve compared myself to others and let results dictate how I feel. I’ve faced challenges with a fierce determination to just try harder.
And while perseverance and passion are good and admirable, they are pointless if the path you are following isn’t the one God created you for, or if the thing you’re trying to accomplish isn’t in His timing, or if the goal you’re pursuing isn’t drawing others toward His amazing love.
See, changing the world isn’t about trying harder, being better, and achieving the success you set out to achieve. <<Click to tweet.
It’s not about your performance, sweet friend.
It’s simply about putting your hope in Him.
I’m not talking about blind faith, where you stop thinking, stop doing your part, stop dreaming and throw your hands up in a whatever-happens-will-happen attitude.
I’m talking about viewing your dreams with boldness, trust, and the same kind of faith that grounded you in your belief in God in the first place:
You’ve studied the evidence about Jesus’s life, death, and resurrection. You believe in Him because He’s real. You’ve experienced the difference He makes in your life. You’ve felt His presence and comfort during hard times. You know the joy that only He can bring. You’ve seen answers to prayers, or maybe even miracles.
So don’t forget He’s got your life—and your dreams—in His hands. You were created for a purpose. God gave you gifts and a special calling that only you can fulfill. And when you remember that the dream He put in your heart is so much bigger than your performance, the beautiful unfolds... <<Click to tweet
You aren’t worried about doing, you are focused on loving.
You aren’t concerned about results; you are concerned about relationships.
You aren’t striving toward outcomes; you have peace in knowing His timing is perfect.
You won’t look to your performance because your hope is in His proverbially Open Arms.
And when that happens, you know what?
The world is changed.
Shared By: Genny Heikka