Secretly Incredible

Be secretly incredible. – Bob Goff

Sometimes I think we put so much effort into creating a pretty public image, that we neglect the foundation of our hearts.

How’s your heart?

It’s really easy for me to put on some wispy lashes, really good concealer, bronze my cheekbones, and go out and make a nice impression.  But my heart’s not always in it.  And I want to be all in.  So now I’m asking myself if my heart’s not all in, why am I doing this thing?

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I want to do better at truly being better.  It’s hard work to have a good heart.  People won’t always recognize your progress, they may not understand your choices, and they may see their way out of your life.

2 Corinthians 4:16-18

16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

I don’t want to lose my heart.  I have a heart for loving Jesus, a heart for loving people, and heart for loving the person I’m being called to be, but I have to stop placing acceptance in front of redemption. Redemption is the point and acceptance has already been granted by the only one who really matters.

The key to being secretly incredible is trusting in the God that exchanged the blood in his heart for love to beat in our chests.

How’s your heart?

Break Camp & Advance

Are you staring up at mountains?  Are you dreading the climb, afraid of crashing down the side on the way up?  Are you not sure where to start?  Are you questioning whether or not you are even cut out to climb up a mountain at all?  Maybe you’re thinking it’s just better if you stay where you are with two feet on the ground. I am too.  I’m right here at the bottom with you.

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“You have stayed long enough at this mountain. Break camp and advance.”

Deuteronomy 1:6-7

This is Moses earnestly preaching to the Israelite’s. They were in the end of their fortieth year since their coming out of Egypt and were preparing to take possession of Canaan, the land God had promised them. Moses had heard their grumblings and could bear the burden of these people no more.  He reminded them of the struggles God had already brought them through, and that he had literally put this land right there in front of their faces for them to take. His promise was and is and always will be good. He gave them God’s words, break camp and get moving to your promised land.

Aren’t we just like the Israelite’s? God continues to provide for us again and again in our very own wilderness, but when we feel just a hint of struggle we shut down.  We think what God is asking us to do should be easy, and when it’s hard we quit. We stomp our feet, and scream and yell, and we hang our heads in defeat. Then we like to stay there sometimes, don’t we? Throw our own pity party that never ends. We pitch our fits, throw up our tents, and make camp.  Arms crossed, head down, and heart bitter.

I hate that we do that. I hate that I do that. But we like to feel sorry for ourselves and we like others to feel sorry for us too. Why? Probably because staying in our deep pits of messy life stuff is easier than digging our hands and feet into the rock and dirt of our lives.  And when we all get together and share our griefs, handing out sympathy instead of solutions, we simply continue to wallow. We resolve to only stare up at the mountains set before us and think they are too big and we are too small. We forget that Canaan Land is God’s outstretched hand ready to guide us up if we let him.

God is asking us to get over it and get to it. Face your mountain and start climbing. Break camp. Dry your tears, embrace your fears, and toss that bag of sorrows over your shoulders. You have stayed long enough in this place of doubt, and sin, and shame. Advance. Move up the mountain before you into the promised land. The promised plan that God has for us is set right in front of our faces. Climb with me and let’s not be afraid to take it.