It’s so easy to look ahead and not see how far we’ve come; think about the future and not appreciate the present. I’m a TV news producer in Mobile and I love my job but I’m already looking ahead like “hmmm I’d love to produce a major national show one day!” Ha, but if I don’t hone my craft now, I’ll never get there. I’m reminded of the scripture “You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things.” (Matthew 25: 23)
And even taking a step back I can see God being faithful. In college, I managed a Facebook page for my sorority with over 400 likes. Now at my job I post to a Facebook page with over 20,000 likes. In college, I produced a 30-minute newscast; now I produce an hour-long show.
It’s in these few examples that I can see God’s scriptures at work. Moment by moment He’s giving me more to steward with and take care of.
So as impatient as I can be sometimes, I’m glad I didn't get a job at say, The Today Show, right out of school. I would have been fumbling around and looking crazy with no experience.
And God knew this. He doesn't set His kids up to fail. So, for now, I continue to labor in my current job, soak up everything I can learn, and thank God every day for this opportunity.
So when you have an extra second; commune with God. He has so much to say in our quiet moments. He will reveal His faithfulness to you and maybe even give you a sneak peek of your future!
God Bless ;)
Don’t get me wrong, I’m a happy person. But I’m also a joyful person. I wanted to make that distinction because I’m not always happy, but you would never know because a majority of the time I’m joyful. (Joy is based on God’s presence within us; happiness is based on external circumstances.)
I think growing up I was a happy-go-lucky kid and overall optimist. But it wasn’t until my car accident that I really got an unshakable joy in my life. It was then that I could so clearly see God’s love for me. He didn’t have to spare me, but He did. I could have died May 19th, 2008, but I’m so grateful that wasn’t the date intended for my death certificate. God wasn’t through with me yet and there is still work for me to do. I’ve never felt more valued in my life.
Nothing like a real-life application to make the scriptures come alive:
“Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure, because you will not abandon me to the grave.” (Psalm 16:9-10)
And I want this joy for you too; it’s incredible. I challenge you to search your own life. I’m sure God’s brought you through something…maybe a bad wreck like me or an illness. Even if it is not something traumatic (I’m pretty thick-skulled so God had to reach me in a major way). I’m sure you have something to be joyful about. Search your heart. Ask God to bring an experience back to your memory. I’m sure He’s done several incredible things for you, and at the very least you can be grateful for each day because when you open your eyes it’s confirmation that God isn’t done with you yet.
Passion. Passion. Passion.
It’s something that’s so essential to life. No, I’m not talking about the hot, steamy one you feel for another person. I’m talking about the one that burns inside you for something; the one God places in your heart. A desire to do something because you love it, you’re good at it, and you want to use it to change the world. I believe my passion is writing and hey I just got a job where I’m paid to do it every day. (I’m a News Producer.) How exciting! But I also want to use my passion for God. So that’s why I’m here online and occasionally popping up on your social media feed telling you Jesus Rocks!
I guess five years ago I knew a thing or two about passion. Amazing what God revealed to me as I was healing from a traumatic brain injury.
So, looking back I surmise that I got total peace after I wrote for the Lord without shame. I still wonder about that last line I wrote. I no longer want to marry that person I was referring to but if I look at strictly the words maybe I can take that to say my spirit knows the exact person I’m going to marry? And as for the Jonas Brothers, I’m still holding out!
In conclusion, I would encourage you to find your passion if you don’t know it already. The easiest way I can think to do this is with prayer. God is always listening and eager to strengthen the relationship you have with Him. Go ahead and tell me how it goes!
Hi! I'm Marilyn!