Why I haven't given up

What gets in the way of you following your God-given passions?

Whether they be to serve in an aspect of ministry, start a new business, or build a deeper relationship with a friend.

What holds you back?

For most, it's FEAR.

Fear of failure.

Fear of making the wrong decision.

Fear of not being equipped.

Fear of the pain that may come.

So, we wait. We say, "one day." Maybe then, it will be more comfortable. Perhaps then I'll have the courage.

Some go for it with enthusiasm initially, but when hardship inevitably arrives, they back out.

We want results now, but when that doesn't pan out, we take that as a sign that we're wasting our time, that we can't make an impact, that we should quit.

We should quit hosting that bible study because numbers were down this year. We should stop putting so much attention into a difficult relationship because it feels like it's going downhill.

We should give up on our dream of becoming a musical recording artist because the path is too hard.

We let fear drive our decisions. Hearing the voice of fear and claim it's speaking for God.

I've been there too. I could have looked at the early struggles of starting this ministry as a sign to back away and call it a day.

Or low video views as an excuse to give up. But there are two essential things that I've come to learn, and that keeps me going.

I pray that they'll be as helpful for you as they have been to me.

Here's the first thing

Because the God of the universe is with us, knows us, loves, and accepts us, we can courageously step into our calling even amid fear.

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9

We can be courageous even in the midst of difficulty, which will come. Real courage is tested when there are stakes involved, our reputation, what others think of us, our financial security.

When these things are at risk, we must have strong confidence in God's calling on our lives.

If we don't, we'll crumble from the outside pressure. However, if we can place our faith in God, believing that he is with us, then we can be courageous.

For me, there was and still is a lot at stake as a result of following God's calling to run this ministry. My finances are uncertain, and other's perspectives of me may be less than gracious, as a result of what some consider an irresponsible life course.

Despite all of this, I'm not going to quit because I have confidence in God and His calling on my life. I know he will provide me with the courage to persevere. I pray this for you, as well.

Second thing

Everything worth building takes time. The longer it takes, the more meaningful. Be in it for the long haul.

In our culture today, everything is expected to be immediate. Fast internet, quick transportation, fast food, we want things now. When we don't get things now, we reassess our options.

Let's get a better internet service provider. We should get our own car cause the bus takes too long. How about we try a different fast food place next time, service was pretty slow here.

Don't get me wrong, I don't think there's anything wrong with getting faster internet or going to a quicker fast food place, but these examples highlight most of our mindsets in this area.

In many of our minds, If something isn't fast, something is wrong.

However, I want to present to you another way of thinking.

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. James 1:2-4

Everything worthwhile will test us. We will experience setbacks. But that doesn't mean it's not worth it.

Following God's calling on your life will look different for every person, but what is the same for every person is that following God's calling will be a life long journey.

Results most likely will not be immediate, but we must keep going because significant things take time.

It's the way God designed it so that through the journey, we would continue to seek his face a learn to love him more.