Disclaimer: I’ve been writing (okay, revising) a lot tonight, and I’m all out of good words. But this topic is burning a hole in my blog-pocket and must be addressed.
No, it’s not the modesty thing. Although I’ve been thinking about that a lot. And as soon as I can compile my thoughts and compose them in a way that truly reflects my love for all of God’s girls and my desire for them to see themselves as beautiful…I’ll write more on the subject. I’m not interested in preaching a sermon. I have no desire to demand that you cover yourself from neck to knees. I just want each of you to feel so stinking confident in yourselves and how much you’re loved by your Father. What you wear is secondary.
Oh my goodness. I couldn’t stay on task if my life depended on it.
Last week I asked you what you’re passionate about and what your “dream job” would be. (Here’s the post–there are some great comments, if you missed it!) Today’s question is somewhat related.
First of all, this concept of Believing Bigger has been on my mind and heart for quite awhile now. Of course, there’s the whole Zoo Thing. But it’s even bigger than that. After going through Believing God in 2007 (then making my way through the workbook 2 more times since then), I’ve been inspired to trade in my puny, wimpy faith for some good old-fashioned Believing-God-is-Who-He-Says-He-is-and-Can-Do-What-He-Says-He-Can-Do!
Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. (Hebrews 11:6)
Without weakening in his faith, he [Abraham] faced the fact that he was as good as dead… Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. (Romans 4:19-21)
“According to your faith it will be done to you.” (Matthew 9:29)
His incomparably great power for us who believe…is like the working of his mighty strength. (Ephesians 1:19)
You are the God who performs miracles; you display your power among the peoples. (Psalm 77:14)
LORD, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds, O LORD. Renew them in our day, in our time make them known. (Habakkuk 3:2)
That kind of faith.
Now that we’re done with all those zoos, I’ve been challenged to keep up that Believing Big thing. And believe me, there is MUCH in my life right now that requires some Big Faith. (sometimes I just long for a day or two when I don’t need God desperately)
Here’s my challenge to you on this lovely Thursday morn (afternoon/evening/whatever). Believe God for something so BIG this week (month, year) that you couldn’t possibly do it on your own. Got that? Then there will be no question as to who gets the glory.
Now, don’t go and do something stupid. Like say, go to 61 zoos in 61 weeks. But I want you to think of something big–HUGE–and pray that God will make it happen. And I will guarantee you this: He’s going to blow you away. Either you’re going to get what you prayed for, or He’s going to do something bigger and better than you could have ever imagined.
He loves you. He created you. He knows you.
Did I mention that He loves you?
Are you ready to do something really uncomfortable? I want you to tell me one thing you’re going to believe God BIG for in the days and weeks ahead. Don’t worry about looking stupid, don’t worry about getting a “no” answer and being disappointed. Ask God to help your unbelief (can’t tell you how many times I’ve done this in the past year), but BELIEVE.
And I hate to add this disclaimer (I’m a big disclaimer fan–nothing like a good disclaimer to cover your hide), but–this is not a name-it-and-claim-it deal. This isn’t about saying to God, “Give me tons of money and all new stuff and make me the prettiest, coolest, most popular kid on the Blog Block.” This is about believing what the Bible says–that we can’t please God without FAITH, that according to my faith it will be done to me, that there is power in believing God.
Anyway. Here’s a story you might like–one of my friends has decided to Believe Big. She put it out there. You can do it too.
Some old wise guy once said (something along the lines of), “You can’t cross a chasm in two small steps.”
Leap, my friend.