Where You Never Thought You Would Be

What is one thing you told yourself you could never do? Or more accurately, what are some of the many things you told yourself you could never do?

For me, I can think of at least ten things right off the top of my head that I promised myself I couldn't and wouldn't do. I told myself I would never have an office job. Guess what my job is right now? I vowed I could never live anywhere other than California, where so many of my friends and family are, and here I am happily living in the great state of Texas. I said I would never be in any kind of leadership position, because I'm too shy and being in a position over other people was not comfortable for me. I'm now in at least three different leadership positions that require different skills and different degrees of influence and management.

Isn't it funny how God puts you exactly where you said you'd never be?

Maybe at some point, you thought you couldn't get a degree and a job without going off to a four-year university and incurring thousands of dollars in debt. But now here you are, a Lumerit alumni with a degree and likely minimal to no debt, along with amazing coaching and an incredible, unique community you wouldn't have been able to get at a regular school! This is just one example of the countless unique situations you may have experienced, where God has taken something you didn't think was possible and made it possible.

I think Paul says it best in 2 Corinthians when he is telling the church in Corinth about his weaknesses and the thorn in his side, “But he said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” (2 Corinthians 12:9) God uses our weaknesses to show His strength through us. When you find yourself in situations where you feel out of control or completely out of your element, is your thought, There's no way I can do this, or, How is God revealing Himself in this, and am I going to trust Him through it?

We are only human. There are many things that we simply cannot do, and we are all created differently, with different gifts, strengths, and stories. But despite all of these things, God is sovereign and powerful over it all. He puts us in difficult positions and situations to sanctify us, humble us, and show His power and might.

I'll close this post by leaving you with this exhortation from Jeremiah 9:23-24: “Thus says the Lord: 'Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the Lord .'”

Written by Jordyn McGuire.

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