Daily Devotion: Motivation/Chosen

Therefore, my brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm you calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble.

2 Peter 1:10

You know your calling, you’re just choosing to play it safe. Recently, I realized that while I was praying for guidance in my work, the Holy Spirit had already revealed exactly who I’m destined to be, and what I was made to do. I’ve already been qualified, healed, planted, and blessed with exactly what I need in order to achieve my goals, and here I was asking for more help. I imagine God sighing like, “it’s already in you, just do it already. How many times do we have to go over this?”

I knew that I wanted to be a writer by the time I was 9 years old. I fearlessly, and with childlike faith shared my short stories online. As I got older, the enemy, depression, and shady friendships crept in and started to make me doubt my gift. I spent college quietly attending open mics, all of my friends were artists, etc. I tiptoed around my call to write by focusing on other artistic outlets that didn’t carry as much weight for me–things I was good at with no pressure to be GREAT at doing. I did the bare minimum, just enough to feel like I was really living in my purpose as an artist. Talk about denial!

I confess all this to say that the season of the Lord holding your hand and blessing you at every little milestone has ended. You’ve graduated from spiritual preschool, got through college and earned your spiritual degree and now he’s saying USE IT!  

Today, I urge you to stop answering God’s call with “what-ifs” and “buts” and fear or denial. Stop ignoring that gut feeling that you’re meant to do more in this life. Don’t downplay your gifts any longer. Next time you hear that still voice, try responding “Ok, bet” and make the move. See how quickly your whole life will transform.

Daily Devotion: Motivation/Be About It!

All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.

Proverbs 14:23

About six months ago, I deleted my Twitter and Instagram. God had revealed to me the work that I was destined to do, and yet, I was too busy seeking validation online to actually commit myself. I found that the pressure to post consistently and watching other creatives seemingly do amazing things every day really demoralizing. I realized that our generational habit of seeking validation online or pushing out mediocre product just to stay relevant hinders how much worthwhile work gets done to achieve a goal.

Many people add photographer, musician, entrepreneur to their bio but haven’t actually touched a camera, hit the studio, or sold a product in weeks. The worst part is that for a lot of us, the validation of being perceived as an artist or entrepreneur is enough, since actually going hard and relentlessly stretching to reach our highest potential is way too challenging and scary.

Success only comes from unwavering, self-reliant passion and physical action. For example, being a professional photographer means buying the camera, booking the shoots, taking photos with the fervor of an addict, maintaining (with great discipline) your website, etc. So what if you’ve taken a few cool photos on your iPhone and have a few thousand followers on Instagram? There’s a million others who have done the same. You’re not making a difference or doing anything that will leave a legacy, bless others, or serve a purpose after they scroll past your post.

If the goals you’ve set for yourself and the things you create would become worthless to others or feel pointless to you without someone around to praise you or collaborate with you, it’s time to re-think what you’re really passionate about and commit yourself to embodying the person you want to become, everyday. Don’t just talk about it, Be About It!

Meditation: Take a moment to truly examine your motivation for the work that you do or the content that you create. Do you create solely to make money or be famous one day? Is there a specific difference you feel chosen to make in the world? Would you still be sure of your identity or talent if no one was around to confirm it? Be honest with yourself. It’s never too late to rebrand yourself as your true self. Write down three ways you can Be About It this week!

don’t settle

Intuition hits at all times. We just choose to ignore it! I knew the situation in the spiritual realm before it was revealed to me in the physical, and this time I chose to listen and position myself accordingly. Things are not always what they seem, only because we refuse to see it. We only want to see what we want to see, skewing reality, distorting, bending it until it breaks, then we have the audacity to get upset!

Save yourself for the real relationship that you crave and deserve. Heed the signs, keep your eyes on Jesus, and don’t settle for anything that is a shred or even a speck less than exactly what you desire and what God has planned for you.

Don’t settle for secrets, illusions, uncertainty.

Don’t settle for laughably awkward attempts at getting close to you, or being for you.

Don’t settle for an incomplete prophecy.

Don’t settle for mediocrity and co-dependence.

Don’t settle for confusion, wishful thinking, or day dreams.

Don’t settle for anything.

preposterous

art can be absurd
art can be as absurd
as being human can be
let's be real.

stop trying to seek perfection
in creation
even God's creations
are imperfect

and He can do no wrong.

Sitting at SLAM underground, listening to a rather absurd, yellow-clad band of free spirits sing about their love for egg salad, it dawned on me: it really doesn’t matter what or how you create it, or being perfect; it’s about just squeezing it out regardless. I decided in that moment to stop letting perfectionism be a stumbling block for my writing!

STL Art Museum, SLAM Underground DIY Night

foresight

Intuition be hittin’ at all times. We just choose to ignore it! I knew the situation in the spiritual before it was revealed to me in the physical, and this time I chose to listen and position myself accordingly to stay out of harm’s way. Things are not always what they seem only because we refuse to see it. We only want to see what we want to see, skewing reality. Distorting, bending it until it breaks, then we have the audacity to get upset!

Save yourself for the real relationship that you crave and deserve. Heed the signs, keep your eyes on Jesus, and don’t settle for anything that is a shred or even a speck less than exactly what you desire, and what God has planned for you.

Don’t settle for secrets, illusions, uncertainty.

Don’t settle for laughably awkward attempts at getting close to you, or being for you.

Don’t settle for an incomplete prophecy.

Don’t settle for confusion, wishful thinking, or daydreams.

Stay present and stay real at all times. God lives there.

body lover

I left the house today. I went for a walk at 6:45am, ate breakfast, and found a cozy and eclectic cafe. I reached my work goal today, bought some plants today. I’m feeling balanced today.

It’s incredible how willfully I will neglect myself. Pick and choose which parts of myself to honor, because I don’t feel like addressing all of myself. I spent all last week dragging my body through over-sleeping, poor exercise, and self-imposed starvation, while she screamed via hunger pangs, panic, a sense of unshakeable dread, and drowsiness. And for what? So I could “meditate” in circles, justifying it as insight when really it was just obsession about things that are out of my control and self-neglect.

I vow to do better; make a commitment to my body, stop placing my mind on a pedestal. Somehow, I managed to heal my spiritual disconnect, but my body still suffers at the hands of my mind at times.

it’s OK though. I am a work in progress; God is not through with me yet!

Here’s to balance, motion, and doing (no over-thinking!)