It has taken everything in me to avoid everything I've been experiencing recently. Going blind into a field of potential has caused me to take a leap of faith I never thought I'd be able to make. But, then I started to think about some things. My faith is PERFECT example to reference to what I'm going through right now. Jesus existed over 2000 years ago. I am by no means that old, therefore I have never seen Jesus with my own eyes. Yet I believe in Him. Why do I believe in something I've never seen? Because I have the faith that Jesus DID exist, and DID die on the cross for my sins, and DID love me so much. I have the faith that He now sits on the throne next to God, and awaits the day we all join Him in Heaven, where we will throw constant Jesus parties, and dance around the throne, singing, "Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord God Almighty. Who was and is and is to come." I love that.
I saw all of that to say this... The leap of faith I've found myself taking is a leap to new dimensions I thought I'd never find myself at. When I walked into the opportunity to serve aside Bo Black and Sean Rivers in the "Mind on Tuscaloosa" team, I had every intentions to do what I could while I'm here, because I have plans to soon move to Gadsden. Gadsden is still on my heart, and it's there for reasons that only God and I will ever understand. I never intended on making decisions based on "promises" that people have made me. But, what about Jesus? He made MANY promises, yet we still doubt Him in so much. So, it's taken more than I ever could imagine to really take this leap of faith.
Now, to reference to perfection. I've lived my whole life feeling I needed to be perfect. I didn't succeed in sports or academics or anything of that sort. But, I am the oldest of four kids, and I felt the need to constantly be on top of everything I do. Since meeting the "Mind on Tuscaloosa" people, I've seen the need to "impress and perfect" slowly fade away. It's not 100% gone, but I do feel God is working on me in this area.
I feel blessed to know that God has plans for my life. I'm reminded of in the Bible, when the Israelites are in exile in Babylon. They're to remain there for years and years. Most people would've given up faith of survival. But, in the midst of it all, God speaks truth into their lives with this promise: "I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord. Plans to give you a hope and a future..." Jeremiah 29:11. That is a promise, because God KNOWS the plans He has for us.
So be encouraged!! "Don't allow short-sightedness get in the way of seeing the whole picture" (Bo Black). Allow God to PROVE to you that His promise still stands!!