This quote is framed in our Real Estate office as a reminder to the agents.
You are capable of amazing things.
Word quotes are totally my thing. I'm a wordie (Like foodie but with words). Words are powerful, so powerful that God spoke and created the world. Most of us need a reminder at some point that we are capable of amazing things….but let’s just back up for a second. Can we just realize we are capable? Just plain capable in everyday ordinary things. Everything we excel at right now we had a first day doing. We had to learn it and keep going when we felt like giving up. When we don’t give up and dig our heels in to learn this thing we become better, and better, and better and often become proficient in it. It becomes our new normal. For me, it doesn't last long because I am on to the next mountain I want to learn to climb and I am at another day one.
Some of us may relate this very thing with launching into a new work out program this January. Maybe you stopped. Maybe you kept going. If you kept going I promise you one thing, you got stronger. Physically and emotionally. It may not feel like it, especially when you are halfway between 3 sets of 15 reps, lifting the weight you’ve never lifted before.
But I promise you are getting stronger and you will develop endurance. The same is true for our emotional strength and our spiritual strength.
This is the key to becoming capable of amazing things. We endure through the tough stuff and we develop endurance.
For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.
As a Christian when I grab hold of a promise like this out of the Bible it is literally what fuels my motivation. I’m not just going through the motions to grind out another day at a new job. No! I am being perfected by God and the end result will be a completion.
What about balance in our life?
Balance is not in the Bible. It talks about seasons. In Ecclesiastes, the writer tells us for everything there is a season.
For everything, there is a season,
a time for every activity under heaven.
A time to be born and a time to die.
A time to plant and a time to harvest.
A time to kill and a time to heal.
A time to tear down and a time to build up.
A time to cry and a time to laugh.
A time to grieve and a time to dance.
When I am in a season of grind I am planting the seed. Lots of it. I am spending hours laying a foundation and building. Late 2018 I was inspired by God to open a Women's Discipleship Home called Judy’s House. I had limited finances but a big dream and even bigger God. This dream had been growing roots for eighteen long years when I was living in one of these transitional homes myself. During the launch of this full-time ministry I was also taking online classes to become a licensed Real Estate Agent and working 2 jobs to support myself and pay the bills. I’m exhausted just writing about it!! Here's the cool thing about all of this. I had learned endurance in the last 18 years of just showing up. I learned I was capable of a whole lot more than I thought. This current season of grind won't last forever, but right now I am going around like a crazy person trying to fit everything in so I can become stronger. So I can do what I believe God has called me to do. So I can become all He sent His Son to die for.
Here’s the second cool thing about all of this and I hope you hear me on this. I am not against balance. I like having balance in my life, truth be told. But when you and I grab hold of a purpose for our life. We get in there and run with the purpose. It is exhilarating. I mean it is so exciting it fuels every other area of life. It’s the easy part of the day for you even when others are wondering how on earth you even do it. "How can you get all this done, you are so busy?!" they say.
I’m not busy, it’s what fuels every other area of my life!!
Honestly, A pet peeve of mine is when someone thinks (or says) I am “busy”. I dislike being busy, but I thrive on productivity. I don’t want people to think I am too busy to take a call, or meet for coffee or hesitate to text me because they think I don’t have time for them. Granted, sometimes it’s true and tough to make those connections with friends and acquaintances…but only in the grind seasons. If I cannot fit it in in this season, guess what theres another season coming soon. And in the next season, I will be a better version of me because when my faith is tested my endurance has a chance to grow, so I let it grow because when It is complete I will be perfected, complete and lacking no good thing. So if you see my feed and think wow, she has her hands full. True, I do have my hands full but you should see my heart.
Pastor Cynthia Corder