The church’s problem isn’t sinners. It’s the multitudes of apathetic, half-hearted Christians who’ve experienced Jesus but live like He never existed.
Dear sisters, we have received such a precious, priceless gift, and yet we act like we’ve completely forgotten about it. You see, if we only made a point to remember how badly Jesus suffered, and how wretched we really are without Him, we would live so radically different that people would notice.
If we stopped treating church like the cool place to be on Sunday morning, and started treating it as an opportunity to literally bind our hearts closer to our Father’s, we would view our lives as exciting tools to do His work. If Jesus really is our everything, and we center our lives around Him, shouldn’t our livelihoods be centered around Him? So many of us spend the majority of our lives in workplaces that make us miserable, putting in our time so we can enjoy a few weekend hobbies. That doesn’t sound very exciting! And yet we have all these scriptures saying that our lives “to the full,” etc- how does all this fit in with hating our mundane lives?
It’s all about your motives. Going to work shouldn’t be about work– but about Jesus. When we lose sight of our coworkers and customers as hurting, lonely souls, we focus on ourselves and our needs, making us bitter and miserable. But when we approach life as an adventure in which we get to bring glory to Jesus, we can’t help treating people like He would! Whether you work at the mall, a doctor’s office, or as a stay-at-home mom, your life goal is much less about what position you have, and much more about the title Jesus holds in your heart and mind. You can be the most famous, rich, or accomplished person in the world, but unless your goal is bringing glory to God, you’ll be lying on your death bed realizing that you wasted your life on things that don’t matter.
2 years ago, I began a journey. I started my own business and became a wedding photographer. It has gone really well, and I have worked with so many wonderful and caring brides. As of this year, I have reached solid ground- it’s risky and hard to start a business in this economy, but I now have a great cycle of referrals and bookings. The long-term plan has been to pour my life into my business.
But God’s plan is very different.
The last few months have been very emotional and difficult. I love weddings, and I’ve worked so hard to establish myself. “I deserve this” and “I’ve earned this” have slipped into my mind many times as I’ve wrestled with knowing what to do. But it’s also been the most exciting months of my life. Through crazy and amazing stories, God has sent many people to show me that my life is not meant to be about me- but about Him. One night I realized that even if I was the best photographer in the world, I would feel completely unfulfilled at the end of my life.
God has saved me from so much, and now I realize that He’s saved me for so much. It’s got nothing to do with my abilities, but all to do with allowing God to simply use my life and my story for His glory. So I write this post with complete humility, admitting that I too was a Christian spending my life climbing up that ladder of worldly accomplishments. I placed my security and confidence in what I had done and could do. Then God ripped me out of my comfort zone and showed me His glory in such a breathtaking way that I can do nothing else but give Him my life. It doesn’t make any worldly sense, and some people probably think I’m crazy. But following God’s plan for your life is the only way to live a true adventure!
I am clueless about how God wants to use me, but I have a huge passion for girls and women, and for showing hurting people how to use their story to help others. If you would like to contact me for any reason, please email authenticwomanhood (at) gmail.com. Otherwise, I would love for you to enter your email address in the sidebar so you can receive updates on my journey. And above all, I would be thrilled to receive your prayers as I seek God’s will for my life.