What’s stopping you?
Are you waiting until you are perfect?
Maybe you’re wanting to get all your ducks in a row before proceeding.
Maybe you’re not confident enough to put yourself on the line?
We all have excuses. As women, we spend so much time doubting our qualifications, labeling ourselves as “pretty good” or “not good enough,” that our excuses are the glue that keep us stable—but they also don’t let us move forward. Sometimes we’re so comfortable in our “pretty good” labels, that we don’t want to leave them behind.
The Bible is full of people who didn’t feel up to the task ahead of them, but God called, prepared, and equipped them for the purposes of their lives.
- Jeremiah–a formidable prophet. Jeremiah had labeled himself as an introvert, so how did he respond? I do not know how to speak; I am too young. Jeremiah 1:6
- Moses was called to lead the liberation of the Hebrews from Egyptian slavery. But he was a murderer on the lam, and his response showed that he believed his failure label, “Who am I to appear before Pharaoh? Who am I to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt?” Exodus 3
- How about the widow from the village of Zarephath, who Elijah lived with when he was hiding from Ahab and Jezebel? The label she believed was “forgotten by God.” She told Elijah, “I swear by the Lord your God that I don’t have a single piece of bread in the house. And I have only a handful of flour left in the jar and a little cooking oil in the bottom of the jug. I was just gathering a few sticks to cook this last meal, and then my son and I will die.” 1 Kings 17
- Mary, a young teen from a backwater town, was suddenly visited by an angel who told her that she would be the mother of Jesus Christ. Even though she was willing, she pulled out the impossible label and asked, “But how can this happen? I am a virgin.” Luke 1
- Pick a disciple, any disciple. There were truths in the label the world gave them: “unqualified, uncouth, uneducated, and way too young.” No headhunter in his or her right mind would have vetted any of them for leadership in the kingdom of God.
What excuses are you using? What label about you have you accepted as truth?
Who does God say you are?
“But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9, NLT
God calls, prepares, changes, and equips you.