I have had so many passions and desires to do amazing things, even desires to do simple things that fill my heart! Yet, when it came down to stepping into it, I found myself stuck, tired, afraid, and doubtful. Like going for a grueling mountain hike with MAJOR rocks in the path.
I believe this passage speaks to the core of what has stopped me.
Hebrews 12:1-3 ~ Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
I used to do a whole teaching on these verses. Pulling them apart. So much goodness! Every time I read scripture, something new stands out to me. The other morning, while I was reading this passage, the verses that caught my attention were; “things that hinder and the sin that entangles”, and “so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” It reminded me of the the amazing trails I used to hike on when I lived in Wallowa County. There were times when I was hiking where I would get so exhausted and it seemed right when I would start to get tired, HUGE rocks would be in the way. How could I have found the strength to step over such big rocks?
Isn’t that like life for all of us? Going along, desiring to do something great and then BOOM! There is a huge “rock” in the way and so, we get busy, or shut down, or ignore it. We may try to move it, walk around it, or go over it…But in that moment we are already so weary. Could it be because there has been one too many “rocks” in the way lately?
God places in each of us gifts and talents. We have a desire and a passion to use them, but sometimes it is hard to even SEE the gifts and talents in ourselves because of those “rocks”. So, we don’t step into what our heart is leading us to do. Our heart is beating with our Creators heart, we are connected, but it seems that either a rock is put in our path, or we actually pick up a rock and put it in our path. Either way, it discourages and tires us and then we don’t truly reach what our heart desires.
THAT, my friend is what happened to me for three years! Sometimes that “rock” could just be grief! With grief, a “rock” that may be picked up could be anger, bitterness, unforgiveness, or fear…Jesus says there is a “time to mourn and there is a time to dance”. So, mourning is okay! The problem occurred when I was already exhausted from the grief, and picked up those things that hindered the gifting that was given to me. Instead of allowing Jesus to clear the path.
Oh life is amazing isn’t it? God is CONSTANTLY pouring out His goodness! Yet, so difficult to see or receive it when those darn “rocks” get in the way!
I am so thankful to be on this hike with Jesus right now! I am letting Him clear the path for me! I can clearly see the beautiful lake, meadows, and mountains ahead! I am stepping wholeheartedly into the gifts and talents HE has given me. And there is a passion and a fire burning! These things given to me are not for me to hoard! They are for me to glorify HIM and to be a gift to others!
This is why I “do” what I “do”! If this resonates with you, I encourage you to check out my website: hiddenpotentialcoaching.com and see if you would like to get rid of the “rocks” to step into those gifts and talents that God has given to you! You were created for a beautiful purpose here on earth! One that will make a difference for eternity! So…it is time to LIVE out that purpose! Lets go on a hike together with Jesus!