DO NOT SETTLE
Do not settle on anything, like nothing, nope, don't even think about it...do not settle. I am a complacent, comfortable person, so naturally this lesson is hard.
When Eric and I decided to pursue church planting we were in the midst of a great, thriving ministry. We loved everything about life, but it was comfortable. And I honestly don't believe as a Christ follower we are called to be comfortable. When we moved back to Ohio we were planning on starting a church in Toledo, because that was good enough, close enough, fill in the blank enough. When we were approached about another ministry opportunity that would have been an awesome experience, it would have just been good enough. It was a ministry that we could have easily done for years and years and would have been great at, but was it what God really wanted us to do?
Both of these opportunities would have meant a pay check, insurance, and stability, so trust me when I say it was incredibly hard to say no. We wrestled and wrestled, but truthfully as hard as it was to say no, it was also freeing because we knew God had more for us. These opportunities just wet our appetite, for what was to come.
Over the last 9 months I just keep thinking and feeling; don't settle, don't settle, don't settle.
Eric and I have been relentless with this mindset. From housing, to ministry, to family life, we are not settling. When I talk to other people, the best advice I can give them is don't settle. I totally get there are seasons of life where you need to just do what you need to do, and settle for a time.
I recently watched Jim Carey's commencement speech he gave and what really stood out to me was:
"So many of us choose our path out of fear disguised as practicality."
"...you can fail at what you don't want. So you might as well take a chance on doing what you love."
I have been writing and sharing a lot about blind obedience, and it hit me the other day, true faithful obedience is blind. We are not super human for walking blindly through life, we are actually doing exactly what God has called us to do. Because if we knew what was ahead of us, we would probably settle in a disobedient way.