Sometimes as I’m driving down the street or taking a long run through my neighborhood I stop, breath in, look around and realize the BIG world that surrounds me. On good days, when I’m strong and I’m feeling good, passion overtakes me and I start to realize who I am in the eyes of Jesus. For a moment, I believe without a doubt the promises God has given me. I hear the Father say, “Lauren, before you stands a great big world that needs you!! It’s at your fingertips! It’s right before you and you have every chance to change it!! Get ready, stand up, stand tall, breathe in and be compelled by a LOVE that only I can give you.” I have every chance to change the world?? “God, you mean every moment of my life is a chance to fully trust you to change the world through me?” Excitement rises up within me and I feel like I can do anything.
But then there are moments where it’s just tough to believe. Your heart wants to give up, to let go, and move on. You get tired. Your heart hurts. You don’t understand. You wonder what tomorrow holds and what today will bring. You struggle with those dreams that are way bigger than yourself. You begin to let your circumstances define who you are because that’s what you can “see.” But don’t give up. I once heard a quote by D.L. Moody that said, “The world has yet to see what God can do with a man/woman who is fully surrendered to Him.” When we FULLY and COMPLETELY surrender our everything to Christ, our desires, our plans, our hopes, our dreams and allow Him to use us according to His plan, amazing things happen. The world isn’t changed and hearts aren’t touched by the fully skilled, the scholars, the wise, the intelligent, BUT only those who are fully yielded to God and His purpose and believe with all their heart the promises He has for them. In the world we live, we tend to hold onto our own plan, desires, and interests while halfway trusting God. But if we can fully learn to TRUST and let go, God will do amazing things in and through you that can ONLY be explained by His hand.
To be honest, I’m really just a simple girl with one BIG dream to change the world. I don’t have it all together and more times than not I face insecurity and wonder if I have what it takes to lead a non-profit organization, speak, write a book, and lead those that look up to me. If I let it, fear can grip me and try to convince me that nothing greater lies ahead and that I’m meant to live an ordinary life. BUT I stand before my life, hold my shoulders back, breathe in and look at the dreams, desires, and visions that make my heart beat. I look at them and realize there is NO way in and of myself where I can accomplish them. To get from where I’m at to where they are is going require a HUGE walk of faith!! And so I lay absolutely everything down at the feet of Jesus. And once I am fully surrendered and yielded to His plan, excitement is restored to my walk and I realize how great of a story this can be. One where it can only be explained by the hand of God. Now that’s the life I want to live. Whose with me??
Take a moment to stop and realize the really big world that’s before you. A world that you have a specific purpose in. Don’t wait and let time pass you by. Every moment, you have a chance to make your mark and set the world on fire. Stand up, step out, and let your voice be heard and believe the promises God has for your life! Choose the life of doing the impossible and walking in so many blessings…Because you know what?? YOU matter!!
I LOVE this verse from The Message translation. I pray it speaks to you as much as it did me and challenges you to get back to living a life where you are fully and completely submitted to the journey God has for you.
Soak me in your laundry so I can come out clean and as white as snow.
Turn me into a foot-tapping song.
Set my broken bones to dancing God.
Lord, look past my blemishes and give me a clean bill of health.
Make a fresh start in me. Create a Genesis week from the chaos of my life.
Don’t throw me away but breathe holiness in me.
Put a fresh wind in my sails.
Lord give me a job teaching rebels your ways so that the lost can find their way home.
Lord unbutton my lips and I PROMISE I’ll praise your name.
May His perfect LOVE initiate a FAITH in you to continue to believe the promises in your heart once again. And may you walk in the blessings that your faith brings while strengthening you to rise up and ‘Change the World!!’ Fully give your life to Jesus, lay everything down and watch what He will do. It’s going to be good…So get ready!!!