I can’t call myself a writer because I’m still not comfortable in this calling. There, I said it and I’m owning it. The chuckles are continuing to reverberate in my mind. This is ridiculous, I can’t trust myself with this title. I guess I can’t believe God would use me in this way. Who am I anyway? The truth is God calls us to unknown places which are definitely out of our comfort zone.
Have you ever felt this way? It’s important to realize: God calls us to unknown places which are definitely out of our comfortable. This is way outside my comfort zone. My worries, fears and doubts show up daily. Here’s what I forget: God didn’t promise a comfortable, plush life.
If you don’t know my story, you can read it here.
Why Leaving Comfortable is the Best Way to Trust God
My writing is most often what God lays on my heart, but it’s more often than naught, what I need to hear. I never want it to come across as it’s only about me, but rather I’m hoping to admit what I’m struggling with and speak to other’s hearts.
Isn’t that what we all crave anyway? We want to know what we’re not alone in this great big world. We desire others to see us: the real us. The parts we can’t share outside our homes, those places we try our hardest to keep masked.
We want to be embraced and loved as we are, not what we wish we were. To be cherished and valued every day in our worn-out sweats and bedhead, to know we matter and have a greater purpose than washing dishes and schlepping kids around.
Can I tell you a secret? What you’re struggling with right now, others are struggling with it too. You aren’t alone and you definitely are not losing it. You are loved, seen and worthy of your calling. A greater purpose which is outside your comfortable.
How do I know this?
I’ve felt all the same things and here is the most basic reason why I write: I want God’s words to flow across the pages and reach you on a deeper level. For them to encourage you, embrace you and love you just as you are, because I’ve wanted this too.
Trusting God Entirely
Can I be honest though? Writing has been really hard because it deals with an intentional action I am not good at. Trust. The steering wheel of life belongs to me, or at least that was my default action in the past. God requires me to step outside my comfortable, to lean and depend on Him like never before.
In this calling of writing I need to:
- Wait on God’s timing.
- Open myself up, what if others don’t like me? What if the people in my daily life treat me different?
- Not take criticism personally. Putting myself “out there” comes with criticism. I’m a people pleaser so this is tough.
- Stop comparing myself to other writers. Ugh…daily struggle.
The Best Way in the Uncomfortable
As I struggle with writing, I picture a woman in my head who just needs to be embraced and valued. God is with her entirely. He has it all worked out, getting ahead of Him will only cause a delay in the process. Trust His timing and his ways. He will not fail you.
Press into Him because the hard of life is where you find your greatest message. – Tweet
This message: others need to hear it. They need to see the glory of God through your struggle. These desperate women need Jesus and the hope He offers. Your story takes them by the hand and leads them Home. You may feel your testimony isn’t anything special, but I promise you your message will touch another. You may not write or blog, but what God has planned for you is significant. When you step out in trust, your life will change. This new journey will be exciting and amazing.
A year ago when I started writing, I would have never believed I would still be writing without running out of words. When I look back, I still can’t believe I actually wrote what I did. God has continued to supply me with all I need to fulfill this particular calling.
What struggle can you share with others so they can receive hope and encouragement?
Acts 1:8 (ESV) But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.
Julie Loos is the mom of 5 kids and has been happily married to Greg for 17 years. She loves to read, eat chocolate, drink iced tea and spend time writing in the midst of messes.
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