Today, I wanted to do something a little different. I wanted to pause and take the time to connect with you by sharing some personal words with you. In two months it will be a year since Inspired By Him has launched, and WHAT a year it has been! For those that have been on this journey with me from the beginning should know that this has been by far the most fulfilling and humbling experience of my life so far.
Our journey together
Being able to use this platform to share things with you that have drastically changed my life, and inspired me to live, has brought great joy to my heart. Many of you who have become dedicated readers I have never actually met but by hearing your personal experiences and testimonies I have been able to form treasured bonds with you – all of which I wouldn’t trade for anything else in this world. In this past year, I too have been greatly strengthened and deeply inspired by you.
As beautiful as this journey has been, many do not know what triggered the beginning to all of this – to be honest, even I sometimes don’t understand how I got here. In fact, the place I’ve reached in my life and the direction I’m taking is not one I ever imagined or planned from long ago but thank God for His amazing grace, and mercy! There are many significant experiences in my journey that have contributed towards the making of all of this – some of which I’ll share with you someday. But today, I can begin by telling you that the beginning to all of this was when I surrendered. When I understood that my life was not my own, and that His plans were greater than mine, things began to change.
When I say “I understood” what surrendering was, I don’t mean that in the sense that I heard about it in a good sermon. I had to go through specific experiences that allowed me to see I was never really in control. This life was never my own, in the sense that my continued existence was not because of my own will – rather, by God’s continued mercy. Surrendering was perhaps one of the most challenging things I ever had to learn, and practice. Each day, I had to surrender to God all things that I treasured as my own above Him, which at times even included myself. That was especially difficult since I didn’t want to let go of the life I had already spent years building based on what I believed was right for me. Funny enough, looking back at my life now I can’t believe that I had almost settled for where I was.
The beauty of surrender
But here is what I learned about surrendering to God. He doesn’t just want you to surrender your situations, or things in your life to Him. He wants you to surrender your whole self to Him. God’s desire is not just to work on what is around you. His desire is to work on you so that everything that’s around you is influenced and shaped by who you become. To surrender yourself to God means letting God IN YOU, to do all that is necessary for Him to be glorified, while transforming you into the person He is after.
You will be very surprised to know that what He pleases to do with you as a person, and your life, is not only something that will change the quality of your life but it will also bring indescribable peace. I can’t find enough words to tell you the genuine contentment I feel in my life today. There is nothing I would do to change or trade in the way I feel and the place in my life I have reached. When you learn to surrender your whole self to Him then you realize that God is not some supernatural being who’s interested in controlling you like a puppet. Rather, He is a loving Father who longs for nothing more but for you to live this life being exposed to ALL that HE is, in all that YOU do and in all that you become.
The journey is an on going one
Will life all of a sudden become perfect? No. In fact, greater battles will arise, stronger storms will come your way, and there will be many forces working against you to prevent you from becoming all that God wants you to be. I certainly faced my share of those unpleasant seasons, and tough battles. As a matter of fact, I’m sure there are still many more coming my way.
You now might ask, “why surrender?” I had to surrender to Him so that I could become one with Him, His desires, His will, and His heart. I had to completely trust God with every part of me, and every area of my life – even the weakest parts of me. Was it easy? Absolutely not. Some days it can still be a struggle since it’s a daily lifestyle. I still have unanswered questions, and still don’t know all the details of what God has in store for me but there is one thing that has always been very clear and consistent in the midst of everything else – His faithfulness. There is no promise He’s ever broken, never a day He’s turned His back on me, and never a moment He’s left me alone. Throughout every season of my life His faithfulness has been so evident that it makes perfect sense to continue and willingly surrender all of me to Him.
Sometimes you think you know it all and you may have convinced yourself that you are good with where you are at. You think you have given yourself to God, but in reality you’re only pretending to have done so. Deep down you’re still fighting to control the life that was never really yours. I know that feeling all too well, because I once lived my life the same way. The danger with pretending to have surrendered to God is that is you never actually see growth in your life or bear fruits. Therefore, it becomes a matter of time before you get fed up with it and give up completely. So as this week begins, I want to challenge you to give all of you to Him. Do it and watch Him take every part of you to create something so beautiful out of you. If there is one thing you could take from what I have shared with you today is this: There is no life like the life you live knowing you are perfectly kept in the hands of your creator.
Thank you for your love, support, and blessings. See you next Monday!