Tuesday, April 4th- Venturing

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Philippians 1:6

I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ. 

There once was a young dreamer who truly wanted to please God. She knew that God had given her special talents and gifts. God had even given her exciting dreams and goals, too. She would often envision the day when she would serve God and people by using her unique qualities in a way she loved! But she kept waiting for that day. She kept waiting for the moment when the conditions would be perfect, the opportunity would be clearly discerned, and the timing would be right. She watched for a sign. Seasons changed. Years passed. She was afraid to venture forward until she was certain she would succeed.

One day, she heard God whisper, “Please. Take the first step. I will be with you. Then take the next step, and the step after that. I will still be with you. Today is the perfect time to walk with me. My whispers and nudges are your signs. Any pursuit will have blessings and challenges. The meaning is in the exploration of them. The purpose is in the journey we share together. There will be lessons to learn, people to meet, joys and sorrows to experience. But I need you to take those first steps; to venture out in faith.”

God calls us in whispers, too. We have been given special gifts, talents, experiences and passions for God to use. God is calling us to live our lives in loving service, fully and abundantly. And we have many options to do so.

Have you ever put a dream on hold until a better time? Have you ever hesitated to begin a new dream because it’s too late?

With my age and previous health concerns, I often hesitate to begin new projects or set new goals until my current projects are completed. I’m concerned that I may leave something unfinished. There is merit in keeping some space and not over-committing ourselves. But maybe I will gain more insight, faith, maturity and wisdom in the trying and the pursuit of my dreams and callings, than with the end results. Maybe this is where God can change me most.

Paul’s words can relieve all of us: God has begun a good work in us, and God will bring it to completion! We need not concern ourselves with deadlines or wrap-ups. Our part is to begin the journey. Today, let’s venture out in faith, exploring and working toward those dreams that God has given us. We can step out, knowing God is with us all the way. God will bring us to completion, whether or not we finish ourselves!

Our reminder symbol is our calendar or planner. May it remind us that now is the time to respond to those callings, those whispers and nudges.

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Use me, God. Show me how to take who I am, who I want to be, and what I can do, and use it for a purpose greater than myself.         Amen.

(– Martin Luther King, Jr.)

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