It’s for you. It’s for you. It’s for you.

If you were looking for reassurance that what you’re working towards is still worth it, I hope these words do just that. 

All too often, we play the comparison game, don’t we? We mindlessly scroll through Instagram and catch someone else living out what we thought was supposed to be our dream. You’ve been praying for a husband (ladies) or wife (guys) then you see multiple photos of friends who have recently gotten engaged or married. You’ve been working for years on developing your own brand and someone announces they’ve just launched their own website. You’ve been chasing after your moment of breakthrough and it just seems like everyone else is walking through theirs.

So you cry out, what about me God?

Dear precious soul, your dream still has room for you

There’s been a scripture that God spoke to my heart and has been spoken to many of us this week. I love when we, as a body, can hear His corporate word together.

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10

What does this mean? This means that if it’s for YOU then it’s for YOU. No one else has rights, claims or ownership of any kind to it. Except God. Ephesians 2:10 says that we have been created for good works that God already prepared. This means that we don’t have to worry. This means we don’t have to scoot ourselves aside into a corner of pity and self-doubt. This means, sweet one, that your dreams still have room for you. 

We can have confidence in knowing that our dreams are not limited by someone else's success.

It’s for you. It’s for you. It’s for you.

In last week's post I wrote about how 2017 will be the year of victory (check it out here). If this is true, then we are to grab a hold of this claim and not allow ourselves to start the year with defeat. When we begin to coward because of comparison we have let thoughts of defeat win our mind. Not only is this a self-degrading thing to do; it’s a selfish thing to do. Don't our brothers and sisters who are doing amazing things, walking in their destiny and living out their God-given dreams deserve more love and honor than that? 

While we are too busy staring at their lives through our smartphone screens and comparing ourselves, we leave little to no room to actually have genuine gladness for them. They need our support more than we need to wallow in our own self-pity, jealousy or bitterness. In fact, we need not to wallow at all. 

If we allow our level of confidence to rise higher than that, then we have begun the first step to stay focused on our own dreams and stop hating on theirs. 

So how do we raise up our confidence?

I believe the first thing to do is to recognize where your source of confidence arises from. If your confidence comes from you and you alone, chances are there are negative characteristics linked to that source - pride, boastfulness, arrogance etc. But, if your confidence comes from God, His spirits of love, peace, humility become the truth of your identity. 

This is the difference between self-confidence and God-confidence. 

Just because someone else seems to have reached a mountain top, doesn’t mean there aren’t other mountains to be climbed or that there isn't room for you at the top period. We have to remain in God-confidence, stay focused on our own dream and stay in our own lane until we get there. Reaching our own mountain top isn’t a right either. Our dreams are gifts that, by the grace of God, were given to us before we were born. And frankly, if this is our God-given dream, then we have a duty to fulfill it before our time on earth is done. 

See, precious one, you have your very own place and purpose here on this earth. God has fashioned you for a specific thing. In His timing (not Instagram’s) you will walk into that very thing.

It’s for you. It’s for you. It’s for you.

Dear brothers and sisters, I pray that when you get there, that the mountain top will be so beautiful, extravagant and impossible to exist without Him. I pray that your mountain top brings you to tears of joy for every tear of hardship and brings you to a profound level of awe and wonder for how glorious and gracious our God is. I pray that until you get there and even when you do, that you will walk in love, peace, humility all while carrying God-confidence always. When you endure a hard day, I pray that you hear the still small voice that will whisper to your heart "it's for you, it's for you, it's for you” and even when the odds seem against you that you will keep running up to your mountain top. All the glory be to God. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen. 

With love, L