I want to apologize to you.
In a couple of my previous blog posts, I shared with you a challenge that I've had with accepting an assignment that God has given me.
My grandma, who's a pastor of a small church, has been having me lead her worship service for quite some time now. Every time I've talked about this in the past, I made sure to let you know that "I'm not a singer."
God has been speaking to me a lot about my limiting beliefs lately.
As I was walking down the street last week, He reminded me of a prayer that I prayed a few years ago. And I couldn't help but smile at the memory.
You see, I always secretly wanted to be a singer. Growing up, I would dramatically imitate the gestures and movements of great singers while they performed, but my voice never quite sounded like them.
Not even close.
A few years ago, I heard a woman give a testimony about being the only one in her family who couldn't sing. She prayed and asked God to allow her to learn how to sing well, and she promised Him that if He granted her desire, she would use it for His glory.
Well, He did. That woman can SANG!
I was so moved by her testimony that when I got home that evening, I thought to myself, "If God can give her the ability to sing, He can give it to me too!" And I prayed a very similar prayer to hers with the same promise.
I woke up the next morning excited and expecting to sound like Whitney Houston!
My secret dream was finally coming true. And when I opened my mouth and began to sing, I was shocked — I sounded awful.
So, I shrugged my shoulders and figured that was just one prayer request God wasn't going to grant me. And I never thought about it again until last week.
"Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes or powerful or wealthy when God called you. Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful." — 1 Corinthians 1:26-27
I was meditating on the scriptures above last weekend, and I thought about how God calls people to do things completely out of their areas of expertise so that when He does great things in their lives, no one other than Him can take the credit.
God is a jealous God and won't share His glory with anyone.
I literally asked for the ability to sing, and when God decided to test my faith years later (in His perfect timing), I gave Him a million reasons as to why I'm not fit for the job.
But the reason I believed I wasn't qualified for the job is the same reason God is using me to do it. He qualifies the unqualified. And when He does, He equips us with everything we need to get the job done.
Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. — 2 Conrinthains 12:9
Don't let fear and your insecurities hold you back from what God has in store for you. All He requires is your obedience—He'll do the rest.
So, I apologize to you, my readers, for continually stating a limiting belief ("I'm not a singer") and not walking confidently in what God has given me the grace to do.
I still struggle with wanting to add my self-deprecating words when someone asks me if I can sing, but I am getting better at not doing so because I'm the one for the assignment.
God didn't make a mistake, my friend, you're the one for what He's calling you to do too. You are who God says you are, not who the world says you are—or aren't.
What has God given you the grace to do that you keep disqualifying yourself from? As always, I'd love to hear from you. Head on over to the discussions page, and I look forward to hearing from you.
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You were born to do great things. Keep moving forward in faith!