Give your life away. I remember the first time I heard my Pastor say this in a service. He said it as a statement but in my mind it became a question. Give my life away? What about MY dreams, and MY purpose and MY calling? What about ME? How does giving my life away get me any closer to the goals and dreams I have for my life? He went on to talk about invest in the next generation. At this point I was ready to leave! What about ME? What about MY generation?
Can I just say I wish I would have taken his words as truth all those years ago…
The chasing…the striving… the disappointments… everything I was facing and felt like I was failing at I believe could have been so different if I would have taken his words to heart the first time I heard them in that Sunday night service.
The focus of my life was on me. I loved the Lord (still do just to clarify 😜) but I was so wrapped up in my calling, my purpose, my destiny, my dreams and plans for my life…. all of those things that have been spoken to me for so many years and that I have worked so hard for… give it all away? How could I do that? Who would I be if not the girl with the big dreams? Who would I be if I laid down my dreams, plans and desires and JUST shared the Gospel and God’s love with others? I believe I would be the girl fully walking in the path and calling that the Lord has on my life.
I don’t know if maybe you find yourself today caught up in the chasing and striving in life. Nothing you do or try is good enough or fulfilling enough. If you do… I get it. I have lived there for a very long time. But I made a decision to not live there anymore and I am hoping maybe you will too. Am I saying that I am giving up on all of my dreams and things I am passionate about? Absolutely not. What I am saying is that the focus has to come off of me and onto Him.
What good would my dream be if it happened but didn’t bring any glory to Him? If it didn’t bring anyone who is lost and hopeless to Him? One word flooded through my mind as I typed that sentence… EMPTY. That would be an empty dream and a life I don’t want to live and I have to believe that it is probably one that you wouldn’t want to live either. In Matthew we learn about what we know as the “Great Commission.”
Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age. – Matthew 28:19-20 CSB
I love how the Message Bible explains verse 20
Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age.
Day after day….after day…. after day…. If we are truly followers of Christ sharing His love with others and what He has done in our lives will never get old. This is where life is best lived. This is where the fulfillment I have been looking for is… It is found when I give my life away. It is found when I take the lessons that I have learned and look at a younger women and tell her “Wait! Hang on. You don’t have to do that. I lived in that for so many years and there is a better way!” It is found in being vulnerable with our failures and transparent with our lives. It is found in pointing people who seem to have no hope left to the One who is the person of Hope.
It is found when my focus shifts from me and my to Him and them.
I want to encourage you today to join me. Join me in taking our eyes off of ourselves and looking around at the world that we live in. The people we work with. The friend group that we have. The next generation (yes I said it!) who is facing more than we ever had to face. We can make a difference and we can live a life that is full of amazing dreams, life-changing dreams, if we are willing to lay down our empty ones first, take our eyes off of ourselves and lock them in on Him.