12 posts tagged Steven Furtick
You know how sometimes you don’t really deserve to do something, but you do it anyway because you can’t help it?
I’m going to be like that in a few seconds, or minutes, maybe. I’m going to write about something I haven’t fully learned yet, something that I even tend to suck at at times. But I’m going to do it anyway because it feels like I’m going to burst if I don’t. And also because putting it on paper—arranging my messy thoughts and declaring them out loud—might, after all, help me be where I should be.
And so it begins.
I slept last night and woke up today with one thing in mind: Relationships. And, no, not just relationships in general, although I like that, too. But relationships in a romantic, butterfly-in-your-stomach, let’s-grow-old-together sense. And what about relationships, you might ask? Quite unfortunately, a lot. (I honestly wish there was just one so this entry could be more tied up and coherent.)
- What should I be really looking for in a guy?
- Am I raising the bar too high, or am I setting it a bit low?
- What does it mean to wait?
- Am I really waiting on God, or just waiting for someone?
- What about this season of singleness?
- How long is this going to last?
Obviously, I hunger for so many answers. And after how many hours spent consciously or subconsciously figuring things out, I only have come up with one umbrella answer: Don’t worry about it. And that goes for each and every one of my lingering questions.
The thing is, I’m not really one to say “stop overthinking things” as I know of some people who could seriously use some of their brain cells to re-evaluate where they’re going before they miss out on the kind of life that is worthy to be lived. But, right here in this situation, I command myself to do just that.
Having a list of things to look for in a husband is a good thing. It means you have standards that you don’t want to bend as much as possible. It means that you know what you want, and you’re not going to sell yourself short. But, at the same time, I figured that maybe we’re already too caught up with our list for our future partner, that we’ve hurriedly made that one first even before thinking of making one for ourselves… for the kind of woman we really need to become, before we’re even ready to meet the man who will one day fill the shoes we asked our little elves to make.
And whether or not our standards are a bit too high or too low at this point—I guess the answer to that will always be subjective. Some people might think you’re being ridiculous and unreasonable. Some, one the other hand, might think you just keep settling for what’s comfortable and so aww, poor you. But what’s important is that we acknowledge that we can never place our full confidence in the decisions that we’ve made and are going to make, because this is where we see how little we are compared to God. We’re human, let’s face it, and even the brightest people out there are still prone to making faulty decisions every now and then. But the brighter side of only being created is that, if anything, our Creator is a God, who loves us immensely, who’s in control, who makes sure that all things will work together for the good of those who sincerely love Him. So, our love story doesn’t really just begin the moment we meet or marry the one, because we already have The One, and He’s always been here for us. I know that that may sound *blech* but its implications on our lives are way too significant to miss.
Because of this great assurance that we can find in God’s greatness, we can have peace, knowing that our choices in life need not be the only things that will determine our destiny, because with God, there is truly no dead end. He can turn around your mistakes if you let Him, just as He can transform your mourning into dancing with just one sweet song. :)
And as for questions about waiting, there’s one thing I’m been learning to embrace with a smile on my face (at long last :p). It’s that when you wait, you don’t just do nothing. It’s the opposite, actually. It could even be your most productive season. Because your waiting period, even though it may occasionally feel horrible at times, especially during your dreadful PMS days, could make you find, not really the one, but someone exponentially more important: yourself. And on that note is where I’ll be ending this post.
True security, besides being found in God, is not in finding the right one but in being the right one. And when you’ve become the right one, I think that’s when everything can finally fall into place. You, God, and your husband-to-be. And hopefully, a purpose-filled forever. <3
(Resources/Inspirations: Pastor Steven Furtick’s podcasts from Elevation Church + Relevant Magazine's articles on dating and life + When God Writes Your Love Story by Eric and Leslie Ludy + brilliant friends + personal experiences.)
It is the glory of God to conceal a matter.
There’s a reason God’s will in specific situations is so difficult to know sometimes. Why it can be so hard to know what God wants you to do.
Who to date.
Where to go to college.
Who to marry.
Where to move.
What job to take.
It’s not because you’re not praying. You’re probably praying a lot. It’s not because you don’t want to know His will. Many of you really do.
According to this verse, it’s because God conceals.
But why? After all, that seems counterintuitive to God’s purposes and using you in them.
The reason isn’t because God doesn’t want you to know His will. He wants you to know it more than you want to know it. It’s because God wants something more for you than that.
God’s not up in heaven hiding His will hoping you’ll never be able to find it. But he does play hide and seek. Not because He doesn’t want us to find His will but because He wants us to find Him. If He put it out in plain view, we would seek His will instead of seeking Him.
That’s why he conceals it. That’s why it’s so hard.
God’s not trying to make His will plain. His will isn’t the main objective. He is the main objective. He wants you to discover Him most of all.
God isn’t the shortcut to your best life. He is your best life.
God doesn’t want to give you the guide for your life. He wants to be your Guide.
The scariest possibility for your life isn’t getting God’s will wrong. It’s getting God’s will right but barely coming to know God in the process.
You could love the right woman but lose your first love.
You could find the right career but then make it your god.
That’s why He doesn’t just write His will for you in the clouds. At the end of the process He wants you to know something far greater than what you should do with your life or what you should do next.
He wants you to know who He is.
- Steven Furtick
God does not call you to be good; He calls you to be great.
God never called you to merely keep rules or color within the lines. He calls you to have a personal vision for your life, and to rally your resources around that vision. He calls you to fight, and to do great exploits for His glory.