All very tricky things to navigate. All very real things to consider as each feeds into the other. Each have a hinging influence whether you quit that job, take that path, agree to that proposal. Where we want to be, who we want to be and who we want to be with, all ultimately comes down to one reality.
How will this effect my future?
Most people don’t know this, but I always dreamt of being a Fashion Editor; an Editor-in-Chief to be exact. I never wanted to be doing “this,” whatever this is.
But this is exactly what I find myself doing and I actually love it.
It took a lot of work to get here.
Wherever here is.
A lot of tears, confusion, good decisions, bad decisions and “Oh my goodness,” moments. Moments, that when I look back don’t make me think, “Oh yes, that’s a great decision for the future.”
But every moment, leads to your mandate;
The official commission over your life to do something.
To do something beyond yourself. Something of great purpose and value. Something that enlarges the Kingdom of God and brings Heaven to Earth.
Something that scares you and just might bring radical transformation to the lives of many if you choose to accept.
One conversation I have often is, “Vonae, I think I’m being called to leave my job and do ministry full time.”
Now don’t get me wrong, this could very well be your mandate, but what if God has issued you a double mandate? A mandate to go and stay all at the same time. A mandate to influence those who you currently work with, out there where they aren’t Christians. A commission to show His love, mercy and grace to those who may have never experienced it before.
Like I said, I never wanted to be doing “this,” I most certainly always wanted to be doing that, that over there. I always felt God calling me to the unchurched women. His daughters who didn’t know His voice, who still don’t know their identity and that they have a purpose. My thought process was, “If I can only go over there and do that, I will be fulfilling the calling on my life.”
Thank God I was wrong.
Thank God His ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts.
Thank God that I chose to stay in place and seek the voice of God.
That’s when God dropped the possibility of a double mandate into my heart.
A commission to build His church, love His people and still go outside of the walls and tell His daughters who they are. His daughters who know nothing of their Heavenly Father’s love, or their value, or their being purchased with a price.
I choose to go and to stay.
I want to encourage you today, wherever you find yourself on this journey, choose to seek the face of God. Choose to seek His mandate over your life and above all else, be obedient when He speaks to your heart.