there is no failure except in no longer trying
So I just got back from a fashion show… oh wait, I meant to write, “I just got back from a Conference.” (Com’on… I can joke because I’m apart of the guilty party) I have to say, its been a long while since I’ve taken in a conference or have been apart of a community of believers where the passion and the drive was through the roof. I left encouraged, committed and driven to see the seeds that God has planted in my heart come to fruition. I know that just as much as I have to water those seeds that He’s planted, I know that He’s ultimately going to be the one who does the miraculous.
Here’s the honesty and the authentic for you though.
I stepped into this conference, this room full of amazing leaders who have gone before me; full of people that know me and I them; full of the next generation of people who will lead the next expression of church in our nation… and I felt like I didn’t belong. I felt lost. I felt alone. I felt like how could I even begin to measure up to the level of integrity and character in the room.
Now I know that those are lies. I know that. I know that there is a path that I’m on and the enemy would want nothing more to distract me; to take the joy out of the journey and to make me feel like I’m nothing but the mistakes I’ve made in the past.
Chad Veach spoke the last session of the conference and something he said really reminded my soul of how good God really is. To paraphrase he reminded us that God said that as far as the east is from the west He’s forgotten the garbage of our pasts. That a ministry that took years to develop and then destroyed, God can fix it and make it better than it ever was in the blink of an eye.
I know I’ve said it a million times, but I wanted to encourage you with the reminder that if you don’t quit, you win! I believe that God is on the move and is up to something incredible especially for those who feel like they’ve been disqualified. He’s redeeming your poor judgments and setting you on a course where those same mistakes will be apart of the very movement that brings health and wholeness to people through your life!
So maybe there’s a giant in your life. Something that looks impossible to beat or to move past. Maybe its past mistakes, maybe its insecurities or lies that have been spoken over your life that have hindered your forward momentum. I speak faith over your right now that those giants are bowing down as you partner with the future God has for you.
Paul says in Philippians 3:13, “I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead…” So no matter if you’re on the mountain or feel stuck in the lowest valley, keep your focus on the One who is working all things for good! You may not perceive it right now, it may take some time to see His hand at work… but He’s working and best is coming! I know it.
Love you guys.