The new year is well underway, though I’m still sweeping fir needles and re-stocking the fridge. Replacing lost socks and digging out of my inbox. But I don’t mind the space for rhythm after the celebration of Christmas and New Years dies down. The cold is even a welcome friend, remarkably, offering permission to wear jammies a bit later, drink that extra cup of coffee, and plan and prepare for the coming year.
This week, exactly one year ago, I met Jennie Allen. Little did I know how much I would grow to love her heart in the months that followed. Each time I visit Austin, we stuff ourselves with chips and queso, and become quite animated when we talk about women finding freedom.
Her latest book Restless: Because You Were Made for More released this week, and in it she writes:
“We are called to dream but we’re afraid to. But because we are called, when we don’t act on it we become restless—restless to find purpose, to make a difference in the world, to matter.” What if discovering God’s unique calling for your life is your greatest responsibility, second only to knowing and loving God? Your restlessness may very well be a divine invitation to purpose, calling and life.”
Jennie’s invitation to calling reminds me of a quote I read a few short years ago when I was in the height of my own restlessness. I’d beat my head against a wall with questions like, “What is it God? What would you have for me? Just ask and I’ll obey.”
Marianne Williamson writes, “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world…We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.”
Imagine your journey becoming a catalyst for others? If you are in the midst of restlessness and fear, please keep going. It matters. Not only for yourself, but for the lives of others. Never underestimate how your life becomes a light magnifying God’s faithfulness and rescue. Along the way, Jennie’s words will be a comfort and a reminder that you are not alone.
I’m inspired by women who have written me their story of perseverence this past year. Those that have traded comfort for God’s call to so. much. more. When He offers “immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine,” Do we dare believe it? Yes. “according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever!” Eph 3:20-21