Happy last Friday of March!
If you’ve been around on fashion meets God this past week, you may have seen this hashtag “#JirehForFour” along with these photos ALL over my social media accounts:
I knew fundraising and spreading the word on these mission trips would take time and work; it really takes a lot! Calculating costs, creating posters, shooting and editing the online store, posting on social media, timing tweets on Twitter, writing and passing out support letters, gathering addresses, personalizing emails- this whole week has been such a rush nonetheless. But God has been teaching me so much these past four days alone and I believe these apply to any goal and daunting task you may be trying to achieve.
1. God wants your heart. I am the type of person who likes going all out on things I put my hands to. I believe if you’ve been called to do something by God, you have to do your best and give it your all! So as I was dusting off my Photoshop skills and editing photos as eye pleasing and non-tacky as possible, I was reminded not to lose the heart of why I was doing it in the first place. We can get so tied up in the process, hype, and the to-dos and forget about the mission itself. It is always about Jesus and sharing the Gospel. God desires your heart before your hands. How can you work genuinely without heart and willingness?
2. Prayer realigns you. Confession: I’ve realized that I don’t pray as much as I should. The past week whenever my faith would shake, if I felt overwhelmed by the amount of funding that I need, or the fact that my plans mid-August when I return are unknown, I immediately went into prayer asking God to help me take my thoughts captive and to remember that He is ultimately in control. I felt peace and confidence knowing that my future is in His caring hands. When you pray you stop worrying because faith takes over. The vision for the task is clear once again.
3. Satan hates your work for Heaven. And he’ll stop at nothing to discourage you from reaching others. I felt so hesitant sending out or personally giving some support letters, hitting “send” on an email, or even “post” on Facebook or Instagram. What will they think? What if they think I just want their money? Am I doing too much? This is so awkward. These times where we feel pressed the most is because the devil despises the work we do for the Kingdom. He’ll throw his tactics and lies and tear us down until we hide and forget the divine courage. He’ll change our motives from Christ-centered into I-centered and we think of things that may affect us such as the above questions. The beautiful thing is is that we have a God who stands victorious. Even if Satan flees but returns the next day we can always run to The One who already defeated him before.
4. Get down on your knees and pray then get up on your feet and WORK. Yes, we must be still and know that He is God but we’ve got to get our hands dirty and work, too! Don’t be afraid to work! I know that may sound obvious, but if you God put you to it, you’ve got to move it. Be confident, courageous, and committed. 1 Corinthians 15:58 says, “…Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”
I’m praying that this encourages you with whatever you’re trying to accomplish in life. You’ve got this. *fist pound*
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“The desire to reach the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise.”
– Maya Angelou