Beautiful: having qualities that delight the senses; excellent, wonderful (adapted from here.)
Erma Bombeck once said
“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say ‘I used everything you gave me’ “.
We are all called to make God known and to utilize our unique gifts for His glory. Our gifts are with us throughout our lives. ( I highly recommend Strengths Finder if you are interested in knowing your strengths and how they can apply to your life)
Many women fall into the trap of my life will begin when…..
I graduate from college.
I get my first real job.
I get a house.
I get married.
I have my first child.
The truth is our lives have already started, God is just waiting for us to jump with ridiculous trust and lean into His loving plan for us.
I am guilty of being that single at times contemplating when will life truly begin? I’m not really living the Carrie Bradshaw (Christian version of course) life many people imagine a late twenties single gal would be living. From my perspective my life is relatively mundane. It’s taken time, deep reflection, and developing a full confidence in Christ to realize my life has arrived. My life arrived when I accepted Christ.
The beauty of our lives is woven through the conversations we have with friendships. The beauty is reflected when we pause after a “Thank you God for guiding my path when I didn’t realize You were doing so.” The beauty is deepened when trials come and shape our hearts in a way only Christ can mold. The beauty is demonstrated when we sacrifice our time for those in need of prayer, a warm meal, and listening heart. A beautiful life is one where we use our God designed talents and give our all for His kingdom and sharing His love the best we can.
My life is a different kind of beautiful, than I ever imagined it being. Yes, I imagined being 27 and at least engaged, if not married.
Regardless of my hopes and dreams, my life is the exact beautiful (yet messy) God created it to be.
I have a purpose.
You have a purpose.
This beautiful purpose won’t begin after the house and 2.5 children or the ideal Pinterest worthy wedding. This beautiful purpose started a long time ago.
It’s time we all cultivate our beautiful, God created lives whether we are single or married.
1 Peter 4:10- As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen
Psalm 46:10 ~ Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth. (NASB)
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