This is a guest post by my friend Chris Peek. He’s a blogger, writer, video producer and editor, and photographer. He regularly blogs at TrailReflections.com, where he offers encouragement and principles for living the intentional life and helps others become fully alive. When he’s not working with multimedia, he can often be found exploring God’s creation through hiking, biking, kayaking, and traveling.
We use many phrases in our “Christianese” without stopping to consider what’s behind them.
“I’m waiting on God.”
“I’m praying about it.”
“I’m seeking God’s perfect will.”
Paralyzed by fear
We’re so afraid of making a mistake with eternal consequences that we choose to do nothing with our time, energy, talents, and resources. Or maybe we’re simply waiting on a thunderous voice or fire to radiate down from heaven.
In reality, God has already given us a life direction – what He’s written on our hearts. We’re often quick to dismiss His overtures because we consider our own strengths as commonplace. We truly believe we have nothing creative or valuable to offer the world, accepting the lie and running with it.
You possess a unique blend of passions, abilities, perspectives, and desires. They have not been written on your heart by accident. While we may not completely comprehend the exact way that God has and will utilize us, He invites us to embrace the mystery and be intentional about offering ourselves to the world.
On my blog Trail Reflections, I incorporate the tagline, “Live Intentionally. Become Fully Alive.” You see, it’s pretty much impossible to be the hands and feet of Christ if we are constantly in a passive state of studying and waiting.
Of course there are imperative times of prayer, reflection, and seeking God. Those moments are necessary for the journey ahead, one filled with mystery and adventure, marked by sacrifice, service, and satisfaction. But it’s far too easy to remain in a constant state of preparation without assuming a proactive role. Ultimately, God has placed a calling in each one of us that requires active engagement on our behalf.
The journey of living out our faith is beckoning.
How will you respond? How are you intentionally living out your life calling?