“… raw dependence is the raw material out of which God performs His greatest miracles.” Mark Batterson The Circle Maker
I’ve come to realize that I can’t do very much on my own. Success has many definitions, but to most it would seem contradictory for me to call myself successful while also admitting I strive towards dependency. For most people today success normally has something to do with what kind of education they can get, which leads to what kind of job they can nail, and it ultimately comes down to how much money they can make. The craziest part is that it’s all on YOU! We have shunned the idea of dependency and worshiped independence. If that’s what success is then I want nothing to do with it. I don’t want to look back on my life worrying that maybe I didn’t make enough money to validate my existence. Success is much more than a thriving career and bank account.
True success is best explained by the quote above. It’s not about how much you are able to do, it’s about how much you allow God to do through you. He has the ability to take a life and transform it. He has the ability to take someone who looks quite unsuccessful in the world’s eyes and use that person for His glory. You and I may not notice the woman walking down the street with three kids at her side, but she IS successful. We may not notice the man in the wheel chair, but his encouragement skills are extraordinary and he is successful at transforming lives every day with one single sentence.
Most of us want to do something with our lives, but allowing God to shape that vision and to allow His validation to sink in to our hearts is essential. I may want to go to law school and become the best lawyer anyone has every seen, but maybe His plan is just for me to raise a few kids and make a difference in their world. Or maybe that is what He has for me, but to get through all of that school and deal with difficult people all day long will only be enjoyable and fulfilling if He is there keeping me sane through it all.
It’s time to let go. I’m not condoning laziness. Make plans and set goals, but at the end of the day listen to His voice that will guide you in the right direction. Allow “raw dependence” to take over. Strive to become one with Him and He will shape your visions and dreams. The best moments in our lives are those when everything seems to be falling apart and He is there to pick up all the pieces. Your level of success will shoot through the roof if you depend on Him and allow the Spirit to guide you through this crazy life.
I have no idea at all what I want to do with my life. There’s so many options (I’m extremely indecisive) and so many different routes I could take. Which one is best? Which one will be covered with His blessing? It’s time for me to let go and stop worrying about it. It’s time to take a step back and allow Him to help me narrow that list down so I’ll have a clear direction to go follow. Jesus didn’t go into ministry until he was in his 30’s so as far as I’m concerned, I have time… praying for direction, clarity, and inspiration over these next few years!
Have any of you experienced this state of “limbo” and witnessed the Spirit guide you out of it?