When you’ve grown up in the Midwest (Michigan, on the lake to be exact) you can identify with the struggle of experiencing all four seasons within 24 hours. Imagine running errands, preparing for a photoshoot, and snow in April! Sunny, Rain, Snow, and windy all within one day, and no wonder I’m recuperating today.
I have a habit of committing to things, and becoming burnt out. I’ve done it with social media. I was too focused on being present on every social media site (new and old) that I became exhausted. I’m only one person, and Super(wo)man is a fictional character. I’m not able to always save the day, and I don’t always have the answers. Even though I try my hardest to solve every problem.
I was quite weak yesterday, but I was determined to complete the photoshoot for the photography campaign. The project uploads a new story for #GriefTalkTuesday on the Final 48 Project site. The ministry that God blessed me with is not designed for me to be burned out, but it is designed for me to draw people closer to him while addressing an uncomfortable topic. When you are able to identify your God given gifts life can become a whole lot easier.
Last Tuesday I completed my gifts assessment at the conclusion of a four week course held at One Church Empowerment Center. I received confirmation on gifts that I had been denying. When I read the results, my only response was a chuckle. One of them I had been hearing since I was a little girl. One conclusion is for certain, when working in any gift, you must have FAITH.
That’s right, faith. I’m sure people thought I was crazy when I was laid off from my last job, and I said well now I can work full time in my ministries. “Well, where is the money gonna come from?” When you totally commit to the will of God, the finances will come. Where is the mustard seed? You know faith the size of a mustard seed. That kind of faith had me moving to a new state with $100 and no job, and that same faith has kept sane through this whole process of trusting God in this journey. It’s been hard, but I have faith!
I’m sure there were plenty of times Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wanted to throw in the towel. Whenever you want to examine a test of faith read an autobiography or biography of a great leader. Start with Jesus and work your way to the present!
The reason I used Dr. King today because today marks 48 years since he was assassinated at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee.
Fighting for change in your life, and the lives of others is no small feat. There are things that you must sacrifice to get there. Reducing pride, and getting rid of old habits to usher in the new and improved ones. I’m going to take a lesson from Dr. King today. When you receive the calling that God has put on your life, keep fighting, don’t give up, and surround yourself with Kingdom people.