Isn’t it so easy to do something half way? To physically be somewhere but mentally be somewhere else? To start something but not finish it? To say something but not do it? To only be halfway you?! I saw the quote “wherever you are be all there” by Jim Elliot a couple weeks ago and loved it. I am kinda a sucker for inspirational things like that anyway, but it really got me thinking. Anyway the other day some things came up and brought my mind back to this quote. I decided I wanted to share it on my blog and encourage you with it. So I searched for a picture of it and couldn’t find it. I was like now thats kind of weird. So I only put in parts of the quote and finally found it. It realized I was putting it in as whoever you are, be all there. That is what my mind was thinking on when I decided I wanted to put it up on the blog. They are different but go together. I think whoever you are needs to come first and then wherever you are comes next. So I kind of put a rough collage of pictures together to kind of portray my message.
I was thinking the other day, who am I? Do you ever think that? Sometimes our thinking gets clouded by what others say, what others expect, how others do things. Sometimes we can get pushed and pulled in so many directions in this busy life that we forget just who we are. What has God called you to do? Is it something different than what you are doing? Is it out of your comfort zone or are you afraid to try it? I just ordered Jon Acuff’s book Start and I am so excited to read it. Anyway he talks alot about getting rid of fear and living a life of purpose. I just got done with a spiritual gifts bible study and I learned that everyone is different and has special gifts. Just because one person does one thing doesn’t mean your purpose is not worthy or needed. I think it is so easy to do something just because it seems noble or worth while when we really are neglecting our calling. Like for example, I am a Physical Therapist Assistant. I help many people and my spiritual gift is Mercy. It makes sense for me to continue on as a PTA because I know that I am helping people and it looks like an awesome opportunity to use my gifts. But really I do not enjoy it like others in that profession and I feel like I can not be all there. So I have been struggling with what to do. I feel God is calling me at this moment to be encouraging through my blog and make handmade items. It sounds kind of goofy compared to being a PTA but I am all here. I trust God can use me in this direction to touch others lives. So I try not to get down and compare myself to others in physical therapy because God may be calling them to be all there.
So when you figure out who you are and what God wants you to do, be all there. Maybe it doesn’t relate to your profession. Maybe you are doing exactly what God wants you to do with your job, but you are neglecting a spiritual gift or a hobby you are afraid to use or try. Are you afraid because of what others will think or that you wont be good at it? Don’t let that keep you from trying to be all you. We are all different and imagine what we could do if we were all doing what we were called to do instead of hiding our gifts due to fear. So I encourage you to be all you, and be all there wherever you are!