“You will never influence the world by trying to be like it.”
I have never liked the thought of growing up, but who does, call me Peter Pan! Yet here I am, 22, trying to figure out what I’m REALLY supposed to be doing with my life.
I decided not to go to college, no matter how much I tried to talk myself into it, it just was not going to happen. So, at 17 I started working at a café full time. For four years I worked like crazy. I had no life except for work and the friends I had (and still have to this day) all in the same building. Actually, the friends at work turned out to be three of my best friends in the whole world, two of them Woven Together blog writers! Four years went by and it was time for me to say goodbye to the cafe. Time to move on because I quickly realized that the world was moving fast and I was missing it! I had spent little time with my family, my brothers were growing up, and I do want to get married and have a family of my own at some point!
Long story short, three months have gone by and I am happy! Happier then I have been in a long time. I had no other job lined up for when I left but knew I had a take that step of faith to keep my life moving and trust that God would take care of me like He has promised.
I am telling you half of my life story to get to this, something I came across in a devotion one night shortly after I had left my job, starting to doubt why I had left in the first place! One of the passages I was reading was Psalm 90:12, which says, “Teach us to number our days, that we my gain a heart of wisdom.” I love that verse! We don’t know how long we’re really going to be on this beautiful earth. So when you hear the Spirit saying move, then MOVE. Whether that’s for a job, a house, or from a guy who just isn’t right for you, etc. No matter what everyone else may think about it. God wants you to enjoy life and He will always have your best interest at heart!
The devotion I was reading is called “Live, Love, Lead” by Brian Houston. He had a great statement that says, “Make the decision to embrace your unique grace and shake off the limitations of living up to others expectations.” This was so perfect for me to hear at that moment! I was feeling so out of sync with not having a job, telling people I don’t have a job anymore, plus having to say I didn’t go to college either.
I now see things coming together piece by piece and it’s all God’s movement! Take this blog as an example! I had been praying for an opportunity to be involved in some sort of ministry and then my friend, Haley Martin, contacted me about writing for a blog. I freaked out a little, not going to lie, because I am not a writer by any means. But as I talked about it to my family and told other friends about it, God opened my heart saying, “You can do this! Why are you so nervous? Isn’t this what you’ve been asking for?”
Don’t be afraid to run after what you feel is right! “God made you special and He loves you very much.” -Veggie Tales
I am so excited to be writing and sharing with you all and hope that these posts that the girls and I write help you in ways you did not think you needed.
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Thank you guys SO much for taking time to read some of my life. I encourage and pray that you will live the life God gave you! Live in your unique grace!
Your friend, Olivia 🙂