Dare to be misunderstood
This one is a biggie because it is hard to go against what others expect from you.
At least this is true for me.
Or at least it used to be. I’ve spent a lifetime trying to please everyone and in the end pleasing no one.
I remember clearly the day God called me. I was 17 and sitting in church with Momma and a missionary said something that caught my attention. No, I don’t remember what he said, but I do remember thinking, not me. Momma wrote down on a sticky note and put it in my Bible, it said, “you just got zotted.”
At that point, I had no idea what that meant. I couldn’t imagine traveling to third-world countries or preaching from a pulpit. As a quiet and very shy teenager, I had no idea who I would be when I grew up, but I couldn’t see myself going into “the ministry.”
As I got older, I began to realize that the ministry didn’t require anything but a willingness to help God’s people. However, I still thought it was about a destination. It wasn’t until after the death of Momma and my marriage I began to understand ministry is about the journey.
The Apostle Paul reminds us, in 2 Corinthians 1:3–4, that just like God came alongside us when we go through hard times, He will allow us to be there for someone else.
Our trials give us strength, help us to become courageous, and allow us to help others to navigate their way through the valley!
When we finally begin to understand the call on our lives, we have to be willing to step out and follow it. Not everyone will understand the reason we are doing it, but it is important to understand they don’t have to.
The only time we hear of Jesus was when He was a boy. He went with His family to Jerusalem for the Feast of Passover and stayed behind. They began frantically looking for Him only to discover Him at the temple. Hurt and upset, they questioned why He had done this to them. He said, “Why were you looking for me? Didn’t you know that I had to be here, dealing with the things of My Father?”
Has God called you to a path that seems confusing to others?
Are you willing to deal with the things of your Father even if you are misunderstood by those around you?
What do you need to stop ignoring and start obeying?
I would like to invite you to a Free Facebook group called Dare to Be with Dianna Sandora. I have the privilege of being a hostess on 7/30 for the Dare to Be home party with Charlotte Gambill and Natalie Grant. You can go here to join https://www.facebook.com/groups/DareToBewithDiannaSandora
I decided to do this as a Facebook party as I feel this is a great way for you and me to meet virtually.
I hope to see you there!