As a preschooler, I wanted to wear only pink and purple dresses. As a young adult, I refused to eat at the local Chinese buffet, telling my husband adamantly I didn’t like Chinese food.
I never wanted to live in Murray after I graduated from college, work for a specific small-town newspaper we criticized in my journalism classes, or send my kids to a private, Christian school. Of course, I also assumed I would have kids biologically when I was ready.
You know that cliché about “Never say never …”? Well. I’m here to tell you, it’s true.
And while you’re eliminating “never” from your vocabulary, go ahead and strike out “only.” Never and only create absolutes that are impossible to uphold.
Truth is, we don’t have any authority to create absolutes. Only God is absolute. (<==== Click to Tweet)
God is The Way, The Truth and The Life (John 14:6). Unlike my childhood clothing preferences, God never changes. He’s steadfast and constant too – something that can’t be said about my food choices either.
Here I am, regularly wearing jeans, T-shirts and flip flops while eating (and sometimes even cooking!) Chinese food. I’ve been back in Murray for 12 years since moving away briefly after graduating. That newsroom I swore I’d never enter turned out to be the job I loved. I only left that job because God called me to something better and harder – mothering. Of course, those kids weren’t born in my way or my time. But God wrote a story of adoption that built my faith like nothing else I’ve ever experienced.
And did I mention my daughter is getting ready to start her third year at a tiny, classical Christian school that is such a good fit for her and our family?
Only God. “Never” certainly is not in his vocabulary.
Paul reminded the Philippians he – and they – could do all things through Christ who gave him strength (Phil. 4:13). The same applies to us.
We can do all those things we never thought possible because God cares for us and guides us. Some times that means taking steps into unknown territory or venturing into those places we had sworn were never meant for us.
I’ve slowly realized when I trust God and let go of my stubborn “I will never …” and “I only …” statements, I’m surprised by blessings I may have otherwise missed.
Here in this town I never wanted to call home, I have a community of friends who have sustained me and encouraged me. I’m the momma to two kids who have spurred me toward God in ways nobody else could. And I’m so thankful I long ago gave up limiting my wardrobe to pink and purple dresses.
It’s here, where God has led me that I’m able to testify to his faithfulness and pursue the dreams he puts on my heart.
It’s here, where God comes along side me that I’m able to tell others what he has done for me.
It’s here, where I never thought I’d be that I can’t imagine being anywhere else.
And, yes, it’s here I vow to never say never and let God be the only absolute truth.
Shared by Kristin Taylor