I finally made the made the decision to start a blog. The words “Just Write” have been gently repeated to me for the past two weeks. Initially, I thought about the movie; “Just Wright.” Surely, the answer to my question is not found in the movie (not that it was impossible). But, I knew what God was telling me. I asked Him, what was the next step in making my dreams a reality? I’m currently in the process of co-authoring a book as well as starting an academy for youth. The tasks set before me were hanging over my head. I felt so overwhelmed that I chose not to even deal with it. I buried myself in music, helping other people, and simply ignoring anything that had to do with taking action. When I start ignoring responsibility and focus, I realize what I’m actually doing is refusing to acknowledge an insecurity or fear. Running from responsibility is a red flag for me! How do I know–a few years ago I completed the Gallup Strengths Finders Quiz; my results were “Belief, Responsibility, Focus, Empathy, and Relater.” Responsibility is my second highest strength. I love being responsible for something and proving to myself that I can do it. It’s easy to be responsible in helping someone else create their dreams, but with my own dreams, oh boy…I actually believed (for a moment) that I couldn’t create something that would positively influence the world for generations to come.
“Just Write”, so simple yet so difficult for me to start, but I did it. I found a new journal I purchased last year and on 7.8.2012 I wrote my first journal entry. The goal is to write something every day, even if it’s only a paragraph. It took a few days to build the momentum, but now I’m in the groove. I look forward to getting up in the morning to start my day. Before I go out and do anything, I sit down and “Just Write”. I’ve received new revelation, insight, and application on how to apply the Word to my life, ways to improve in areas where I’ve struggled, and get this, the next steps in making my dreams a reality. When we ask God a question, I feel like we miss the answer because we’re always expecting something deep. Yes, God’s mind is expansive but His goal is not to trick us or make it impossible to understand Him. My favorite scripture (and first one I memorized) is Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” That scripture alone let me know that God always wants to prosper me and His plan is for me to win in every area of my life. Since He knows the expected end, then He also knows the plan and steps I need to take in order to get there. So what do I need to do, continue on with verses 12-14 “Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” My favorite part about that passage is that He will listen to me when I call on Him. Having someone to listen to you while you share your thoughts; complete or incomplete, is extremely helpful. When we seek Him, we are acknowledging that He has the answer. It instantly puts you in a position of submission and obedience to His will. You’re telling God, I recognize and accept what you have already established and I trust you to give me insight on how to do this. Pay attention to the ways God is speaking to your heart. What He has to say and how He relays it to us is unique to each person.
It turns out “Just Write” was Justˆthe Right answer to my question.