Chasing the Wind

get-attachment (42)A few years ago, I decided to take some old junk from Goodwill and give it a new style. They call this up-cycling and I have been really impressed by some of the things that I have seen up-cycled. I had a few successful pieces and got this bright idea―what if I did this for a living? I made a Facebook page and even enlisted my mom to help. I quickly had a Rubbermaid tub full of potential projects and another full of supplies. The kitchen table immediately became cluttered with projects in various phases of completion. I envisioned this being my part-time job. I could make a little money while at home caring for my kids!

Three months in, the whole idea flopped.

Not only did I lack a work space to really do these projects properly, but I also lacked patience to do it right. And by lack of patience, I mean I never even took time to ask God if this was something to pursue. I spent several months putting significant (partial) effort into something that I knew in the back of my mind was not something I was supposed to be doing. I put the blinders on that summer and committed to enduring a season of low success for the eventual payoff. The problem was that I was enduring a season I was never supposed to be in.

Endurance is a bit of an “Ace in the Hole.” It is one of those things you don’t want to waste on the wrong thing. It is a source of strength that you pull from your reserves. It really should not be used lightly. When we are facing resistance in an area of our life, our first course of action should always be to seek the will of God. Pressing in and spending time with Him, asking for direction is the best way to determine whether this is a stop-what-you-are-doing moment or a dig-deep-and-endure moment. If it is the former, you will waste your endurance and that my friends is like chasing the wind. If it happens to be the later, you will draw your strength to endure from the source of great endurance. You will be equipped with all you need to continue.

So many times we just assume we know God’s will and keep our head down and stay the course. This can lead to wasted time, heartache, or further deviation from your true calling. Ephesians 2:10 says that we are Christ’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Which God prepared in advance for us to do.

If He has a list of Earthly chores, so to speak, for each of us to do, shouldn’t we be going to Him to ask what those chores are? So many of us are doing works here on Earth, they may even by Holy, Godly works, but if they are not what you were made to do, then I would bet you are lacking a bit fulfillment that you don’t even realize you are missing. Furthermore, you are probably left to conjure up your own endurance in the tough seasons. Because if you were getting endurance from Him, that means you would be seeking him, and if you were seeking Him, He would gently tell you to lay down that plow. He would help you walk away from the thing you weren’t supposed to be doing and guide you to the thing that you were created for.

For me, I needed to put down the glue gun and pick up my pen. I am born to write. My life purpose is partially to write. I know because I come alive when I put fingers to the laptop and peck away. Do you know what you are here for? Most of us have a list of things that we love and that we were designed to do. If you are toiling in an area that you sense is not your thing, seek Him. Ask for guidance: either to a supernatural source of endurance…or the nearest exit.

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