There are often days when the overwhelming feeling of failure sets itself right on my shoulders. The path I thought God wanted me to take seems to be the hardest path. The purpose I feel God has on my life seems to be done better by so many other people around me.
The path is never easy, I’m not sure where I got the idea that God’s purpose for my life would be easy. I can’t seem to recall a hero in the Bible who stepped out in faith ever having it easy? Why do we feel it will always be crystal clear, without cost, or without major failures, or without confronting difficult people?
Life is full of twists and turns. Just last night I was talking to a friend, and I told her that when I thought I was ready for the ministry God had for me I realize now I wasn’t even close to being ready, and I’m not even sure I’m ready NOW!
Through our steps of faith we are refined and prepared for the ministry God has for us.
Our refinement is our ministry.
The ministry God has placed on our heart will never be easy. In fact it will probably get harder and harder, but as we push forward in faith it’s almost as if the battles don’t scare us as much, or we become braver to make even bigger leaps of faith. Our faith walk may start off as a stroll in the park but after a few successes, and many failures, we quickly move to a jog and then we become a full on marathon runner!
The key to getting to that point is by changing our perspective towards the failures we will inevitably face along the way. Or changing our heart towards people in general so that we aren’t so easily influenced, or discouraged by their heart towards us, or in witnessing their successes.
Experience is more valuable than success.
Experience is what makes you unique. Your story gives you a perspective that someone else doesn’t have. Even the bad experiences have a purpose, and can be used to bring comfort and community to hurting people around you.
So in ministry and anointing there is experience, not success. This is what I focus on so I don’t feel like a complete failure. This of course needs to take place in my heart, there will always need to be a shift in my perspective.
As we continue to step out in faith in order to gain EXPERIENCE so that we can better do the ministry God has called us to, we will in turn be moving closer to the call that God has placed on our life, and doors will continue to open up along the path God has placed before us!
Our experience will always benefit someone else along that path. Just like others have encouraged us from the heart of their experiences!