Making the Leap
When I was trying to decide what I should do with my life, a good friend of mine would ask me on a regular basis a question that I both loved and hated:
If money were not an issue, what would you do?
I loved that question because it gave me the freedom to dream and dream big. Yet, I hated the question because, in my heart, I assumed I wouldn’t be able to do those things because money is very often an issue. I don’t need much, but I’m, by nature, very practical and worry about paying my bills. This issue with money goes back to my childhood. I come from a big family, and, while we always had what we needed, we usually didn’t have extra. My parents didn’t have fancy cars, we almost never went on vacation except to go to Grandma’s house, and eating out was saved for special occasions. I thought my family was poor. I’ve been dreaming big for as long as I can remember, but I assumed God couldn’t use me because my family didn’t have a lot of money. How could God send me all these places around the world I want to go to if I don’t have the money for the plane ticket?
I loved God and I knew I was a “child of God,” but I didn’t understand what that phrase actually meant in regards to my life. I was terrified of taking any risks. More than anything, I was afraid of being disappointed of my dreams not coming true.
I was afraid of being disappointed because I did not think God would provide because I did not really understand that He had a purpose for my life. If you, like I was, are uncertain whether or not God actually knows who you are and really and truly has a plan for your life, consider these verses.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
Before I was born the Lord called me; from my mother’s womb he has spoken my name. Isaiah 49:1
For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
I don’t remember at what point it finally clicked, at what point I finally realized God wanted me to do great things and would provide the way for me to do those things. It has been a process understand and accept not only God’s plan, but also His provision in the fulfillment of that plan. At each step of my journey, I must constantly remind myself of these promises. When I feel unsure or afraid of the next step, it is usually because I have momentarily forgotten what God has already said about me: I have a purpose and He has had a plan for my life from before I was even born.
Because I have struggled with these issues for much of my life, I always get really excited when I stumble upon a new resource, both for myself and for friends who struggle with similar issues. Undaunted by Christine Caine is now at the top of my list. If you haven’t read it, quickly open a new tab in your browser and head directly to Amazon.
In her book, Caine challenges you to make the leap, to be fearless, undaunted, and to take the risks for God we’ve always dreamed of. Remember that question my friend would ask–if money weren’t an issue, what would you do? Christine Caine, I think, takes this question to the next level. If you really trusted God and finally understood you have been chosen by Him, what would you do?
If you had no fear, how would you serve God?
If you fully believed He would provide, how would you live your life?
If you no longer have any doubts about who you are, what risks would you take?
Even as I am typing these questions, my heart is racing and I am slightly terrified, wondering if I myself could actually live this way. Can I actually trust, believe, understand enough? Can I make the decision to accept what God says over what people say? In the book, Caine says is this way “Your freedom will be determined by whether you allow what [God] think[s] and say[s] about you to matter more than what anyone else thinks or says…[God] say[s] what you are, and you are created in [His] image…you reflect [His] glory.”
Think about that for a moment.
Your ability to fulfill your dreams depends on whether or not you decide to place what God says about you above what anyone else, including yourself, says or thinks. When you finally understand your full acceptance of the fact that God’s perfect love will cast out all fear (1 John 4:18), you will finally be free to take those risks to serve God with your entire life.
One thing I appreciate about Undaunted is Christine Caine takes the time to start the book with addressing these issues. She understands that none of us will be willing to take the dare, to make the leap to fully serve God if we first do not understand He has called us, He loves us, and He qualifies us to fulfill the dreams He has put into our hearts.
God loves you.
God has a plan for your life.
He called you to be His servant before you were even born.
He called your name while you were still in the womb.
If you truly believed these things, what would you do? Would your life be different?
Christine Caine, author of Undaunted, is the speaker at the Christmas Tea on December 14 at the Willard Hotel. Space is limited, and so be sure to register soon! You don’t want to miss an opportunity to hear first hand her amazing stories and life changing wisdom.
CapCity Church living it up with the 2-4 year olds in CapKids. During the week, she teaches high school and middle school math. Quinn also loves to travel and thinks almost daily about returning to Ukraine for another missions trip.