*this post originally appeared on my old blog on 10/10/2016
I was just thinking this morning that sometimes, oftentimes, the world is loud and obnoxious and we feel like we have things to say and share and things that are just burning inside of us and then we have that voice. You know the voice. The one that says that the things we have to say don't matter. That annoying voice that attacks you in your sleep and tells you that your voice doesn't matter. It's the voice that tells you that your words, your heart, that deep and longing desire or passion that you have, that they don't matter. If you listen long enough, it will actually have the nerve to say that you don't matter.
Guys- it's all lies. As a former coworker used to say "lies and propaganda." It is. It's all lies and propaganda.
Here's the truth.
There is a God and He created you. You. That's right. He created you and before you drew your first breath, He had a plan and a purpose for your life. If you don't believe me, find a Bible and read Jeremiah 1:5 and Jeremiah 29:11.
He had a plan and a purpose for your life. He has a plan and a purpose for your life. And that plan and that purpose involved the deep desires of your heart. Those things that keep you awake and stir your soul and make you laugh and make you cry. He created all of that. And He planned and purposed all of that. He created you and He created you for that. That book that you want to write. That art that you want to make. That child that you're holding that you want so desperately to raise and nurture. That business that you want to start. That mountain that you want to climb. That- all of that- He knew it. He saw it and He created it and He says it is good. And when He says it is good, what else do you really need? You don't need my permission or their permission. He has given you permission. He has spoken these things over your life. He has created you and fit you for this purpose and for this need.
Guys, when he looked out at the world on the night you were conceived, He saw something missing. He thought that the world needed you. In ALL of your you-ness. He looked out at the stars and the planets and all of the hurt and joy in the world and He thought that the world needed you. So the next time you feel that longing, the next time you feel that stirring, lean into it.
The God who created the stars and the planets created you and He thought that there was room at the table for whatever it is that you have to offer. He doesn't think that your message is too small or that it's already been said. He doesn't think that anyone else can do it or write it better. He created You. And He created you to live out His calling for your life. He created you to live out the passion and the purpose He designed for you.
Don't shrink back. Don't belittle yourself or your calling or your passion or your desire.
Embrace it. And embrace Him.
Thanks for reading and please know that I am praying for you. As we lean into this thing together. As we follow hard after Him and as we lean into who we are and Whose we are. I'll leave you with this quote by Emily Freeman.
I can't imagine anything more dangerous to the enemy of our hearts than people who know who they are.
Me either, Emily. Me either. May we be those people. May we grow into those people. May we raise those people. People who know who they are and Whose they are.