Many of you continually ask the question, “Is this it?” It can be a question to God, inquisitively wondering if you are in His will or it could be a rant in anger protesting your current situation. Either way, you are unfulfilled and reaching for clarity.
God wants to turn your “Is this it?” into “This is it!” He wants you to see, touch, taste, hear and smell your destiny. He wants your wildest dreams to come true.
Many of you are afraid to dream or even admit what your “this” could be. Some of you live in such a place of guilt and regret that you can’t even admit you deserve a rich outpouring of favor and blessing in your job, marriage or family. Some of you have detached from that dream or idea that used to keep you awake at night or cause you to daydream driving down the road. Family, school or work kept your attention. The need to make money and put food in your kids mouths preoccupied your attention. You feel you don’t have time to dream, aspire or take risk. You were allowed the chance to dream as a child or in high school but once reality knocked on your door, you became victim and that part of you that dreamed and imagined died. You laid it down willingly to survive.
Some of you live every day for your dreams. You sacrifice family and stability for that one moment when all your effort and risk becomes worth it. Your friends and family scoff at your tenacity and claim your priorities are not in order. You have parents or a spouse who mock your “high-in-the-sky pipe dream” that only works out in the movies.
There was a quote on “Modern Family” I fell in love with a few episodes ago:
“You see the dreamers need the realists from keeping them from soaring too close to the sun… And the realists? Well without the dreamers, they might never get off the ground.”
God loves you both. He loves the realist and the dreamer. He loves the one who gives up and faces facts to make a decent living, while he equally loves the dreamer who seems irresponsible and reckless all in an attempt to find that thing, that moment where they proclaim “This is it!”
God wants you, the realist, or you, the dreamer, to experience that euphoria. That place where you find your destiny. As you have read the first few paragraphs of this blog post, your dream, your greatest desire began to resurface. Right now, you are reacquainting yourself with that idea that once was dormant. On the flip side, those of you who eat, sleep and breathe your destiny are receiving a renewed faith and passion for that moment to arrive as soon as possible.
God is ready to give you that moment. He wants you to instantly receive your “this is it!” However, He just needs one thing and only ONE thing.
He needs you to believe that you are worth it. None of your mistakes, bad decisions or failings could make you not worthy to receive your wildest dreams coming true. You deserve to be happy. You deserve to be free. You deserve a life of adventure.
The only thing standing in the way of your “this is it!” is you. This is a good problem. Why? You have the power to be the person you have always wanted to be. You don’t need anyone else to change. You have within you all the tools to change; to evolve and find healing. Many of you feel so far from receiving your destiny. However, it’s as close as your willingness to say “I am worth it.” Once those words begin to erupt out of your spirit, you can’t look back at your past or your failed relationships or even your finances. You can’t look at what you can’t do, you can only see what you can do. Christ the anointed one and His anointing lives in you, the Hope of Glory. He is the out-raying or radiance of the divine. Jesus is the sole expression of the glory of God. He is Yahweh. He is the Great I Am. He is your healer and your provider. He is your peace and your joy. He is your strong tower and way of escape. He is your tomorrow. He is your second chance. He is your third chance and your fourth chance and your eighth chance. You always get a do-over. You are worth it. You believing that you are somebody glorifies the creator who made you wonderfully and fearfully. You are the sole expression of the glory of God. You are special.
When I taught high school, I drilled this quote into my students. Every student that walked through my classroom heard this quote repeatedly:
There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and there is only one of you in all time. This expression is unique, and if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium; and be lost. The world will not have it. -Agnes de Mille
You are God’s creation. You are not a mistake or an after-thought but a strategic component of God’s universal design. Your mark is significant. Your dreams becoming a reality are significant to God and God breathed. The world needs you. God wants you to dream and He loves to make your wildest dreams come true.
Kathryn Marie Bild wrote a book titled: Acting from a Spiritual Perspective. In this book, she writes these “proclamations” that she wants you to say aloud every 2-3 pages. Of course, these things in books where they want you to actively participate annoy me, especially those who want you to journal and answer questions after each chapter. Well, here I am reading this type of book and being completely unwilling to participate until she wrote these 5 words: I have genius within me. I read that 3 or 4 times before I had the courage to say it aloud. I didn’t believe it about myself. I believed the opposite. I had reached such a low in my life. I had no self-esteem or sense of worth. I believed I had ruined my life. I had no friends, only work. I had no ambition to even wake up the next morning. I believed I was worth nothing. So, in my doubt and self-hatred I reluctantly whisper aloud, “I have genius within me.” I say it again, a little louder, “I have genius within me.” The third and fourth time become shouts and I begin to cry. The crying turns into a weep and I realize that I didn’t believe in me. I had believed that I wasn’t worth anything and “genius” was an impossible feat. That moment made me realize that if your confidence can be stolen, your life will be stolen. Your tomorrow is dependent on the way you think of yourself today.
You are designed for extraordinary change, miraculous triumph and undeterred sustainability. You have genius within you. Christ is the genius in you. He is the artist and the realist. He is the planner and the risk-taker. He is the outspoken and the careful. He is all you need to see your destiny a reality.
Now, don’t go and quit your job or sell all your possessions just yet. Wait and let the Lord mount you on the wings of eagles and cause you to soar. Do not try and make your destiny. Submit to the Lord’s beckoning, allow Him to rebuild your self-worth. Allow him to balance you with realistic goals and wild determination. Let go and let God. Release your self-doubt. Reacquaint yourself with your identity in Christ and let Him create your destiny as a gift to you.
Speaking of flying with eagles, Isaiah 40:31 is worth mentioning word for word:
“…but those who wait on the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
I think God’s definition of waiting differs from our own. We tend to think that waiting is laborious and tedious. However, God promises that in our waiting we will have more movement then we would if we were trying in our own effort to make our way prosperous. In our waiting, the Lord says that we will soar, run and walk. In our waiting, we will have more movement then if we were out trying to make it happen. Don’t try to make it happen, let it happen. God is the strategist and the architect of your destiny. Allow Him to turn your ashes into beauty, exchange your mourning for oil of joy and offer you a garment of praise for your heaviness. Release your life to him as a sacrifice holy and acceptable. You find your life, when you lose it. And…that life is abundant, more abundant and fulfilling than the eye or ear or heart could ever even fathom.