We often struggle with our worth and our identity to the point where we live a life that is hardly even close to one that reflects someone who is loved beyond words.
Our wounds and other people’s rejection often tear down our confidence in such a way that stops us dead in our tracks of pursuing, and leaning into, all that has been set before us.All that God has already given us is often replaced with all that we wish God would give us, or all the things we do not have.
Our heart may be on this constant hamster wheel of courage and then disappointment, never really moving forward in anything. We say “yes” to the things that steal away our time and energy from what we should really be focusing on.
When we get to that point where we find we have invested so much time on something where we could easily be replaced, we often find ourselves in a pit.
You see, when we focus on something where we can easily be replaced then we are not really pursuing the one thing God has designed to use us for.
In a life and a culture of finding purpose and meaning in our life, we have also placed our worth in these things as well. We find ourself depressed when we feel replaceable, and we question not only whether God has a perfect plan for our life, but if we are worth anything now because our purpose has been taken from us.We truly put too much value in our “purpose.”
So often we let our purpose define who we are and how we act.
Anything that causes us to be someone we are not has truly become an idol in our lives.
Anything we want more than God, or we put our worth in, is an idol in our life.
Anything we let discourage us or remove our confidence in God, and the call He has placed on our life, has become an idol in our life.
For so long I let my husband’s disease influence my actions and my next steps in the journey that I am on. I used to let it stop me from pursuing what I feel God has placed on my heart, and my life.
Or I would often strive for validation that God has indeed called me to what I feel He has placed on my heart, I would look to other people and titles in order to make sure I was on the right track.
I’ve had to say no to things that were amazing opportunities so that I would have time to invest in what I feel God has called me to invest in. But I have also said yes to things just for the hope that I could prove that I was worthy of the call God has placed on my life.
I can’t say this journey has been easy, and more times than not I am discouraged thinking I have built empty things that aren’t really worth much just so that I can say I’ve built something. Fully surrendering to God’s will in your life requires so much surrenderring!
My children are irreplaceable, and they did nothing to earn that special place in my heart.
It requires actually giving things away so that you can make room for what God has in store for you.
I will forever be His “Precious Heather” no matter what jobs my hands toil through.
It’s amazing that I am irreplaceable to God, and it has nothing to do with my purpose.
I can almost see God anxiously awaiting to help me succeed in whatever I am faithful to do in order to further His kingdom.
One time I told my daughter that she needed to find friends that would love her the way she loved them.
I kind of see that being our wisdom when we need to make a choice, we need to choose the opportunities that we love and that will love us back.
Life is full of discouragement, and we need to choose to be surrounded by people who will encourage us. We also have the opportunity to choose a calling where we not only use our gifts to encourage others, but we can choose the opportunity that also fills us back up.
Life is too short to be wasted on things that can be replaced, or that don’t simply hold a special place in our heart…or a special place in God’s Kingdom.