Guest post by Kelly Anderson
“God, the Lord, created the heavens and stretched them out. He created the earth and everything in it. He gives breath to everyone, life to everyone who walks the earth. And it is He who says, “I have called you to demonstrate my righteousness. I will take you by the hand and guard you…and you will be a light to guide the nations.” Isaiah 42:5,6
I had been feeling restless for a while. I didn’t feel discontent or unhappy. Just restless. I wanted more. More of Him, more scope of influence, more passion, more relationship, more yeses to my gifts He’d given me that I didn’t feel I was using. More risk. More abandonment to His will…whatever that might be. I wanted more uncomfortable.
I picked up Jennie Allen’s book Anything (I sorta love her) after seeing it all over Instagram, and flipped through the pages in tears, seeing myself in some of her story. I needed and wanted to be all in. To say anything and see what God would do with it. Sometimes fear gets in the way and we forget that God can do some pretty cool stuff with our yeses.
The God of this universe lives in us as believers in Christ. We have the Holy Spirit, which means we have the power of God living in us. How often do you think about that? We have God’s power alive in us. The same power that turned water into wine and made the lame walk and the blind see….that parted seas and created everything out of nothing. We have full access to that power.
Is it not an amazing concept? We have access to the spirit of God and yet we walk around half asleep trying to do life on our own. Imagine what would happen if we let God’s Spirit loose to do whatever He pleased with us. I’m pretty sure our lives would radically change. And so would our perspective.
But what does it mean, practically speaking, to say anything? It means we get on our faces. We pray. We love the neighbor across the street. We don’t turn up our noses at the sin in someone else’s life. We look at the sin in our own. And we live wild and free and bold and brave in our faith. Because it’s worth living…and dying for.
We get serious and passionate about the things that are close to God’s heart. We love the least of these. We give our resources to those in need. We go. We go across the ocean and we go across the street. Or maybe we just go down the hall and love on the kid that slapped you in the face today or said your pancakes stink. We love the hormonal teenager with an unconditional, you are a little insane but we love you anyway, kind of love. We do whatever it takes to live radically different. Even if it makes us freaks.
My husband and I prayed anything about a year and a half ago. I still don’t have an answer. I have an idea, a stirring of sorts about what God might be up to, but I don’t know for sure. So I wait, and in the mean time I love on those around me and do my best to be present where I am. I go on mission in McKinney, Texas. I strive to do laundry and dirty dishes with a different mindset—with gratitude. I love the lady bagging my groceries or the referee that made all the wrong calls at my kids game. I get outside of my comfy church doors and love on the world around me—building relationships, getting in the trenches.
What would happen if we as Christ-following women would pray an earnest “anything” before the God of creation? What would happen if we let go of our fears and reservations? What would happen if we said, “anything,” and meant it? Adoption? Okay. Move over seas? Okay. Home school your kids? Okay. Send them to public school? Okay. Downsize? Okay. Stay right where we are and trust God has something there for us in the ordinary and seemingly mundane?
Well, Okay then.
What would your anything be? Maybe you know. That thing in your heart and spirit you just can’t shake. I have it too and I know that laying our anything out on the table draws us closer to the heart of God and makes us available to be part of His story. It draws us closer into relationship with the person of God. Can you just imagine what it could mean for a hurting world if God’s people drew close to Him in reckless abandon and passion for the things of His heart? If we pleaded anything and did what He called us to, regardless of our comfort? I’d venture to say it could be pretty epic.
So I guess I’m asking you to get uncomfortable. Your “uncomfortable anything” could end up being the greatest source of joy in your life. Might God choose to make it hard? Sure. But isn’t walking through the valley alongside the lover of your soul so much more fulfilling than staying comfortable on your own? I hope that my heart screams, “yes!”
So, my charge to you is to do the same. Let’s all be reckless together. Let’s do things that scare the stink out of us—as sisters in Christ. Let’s be brave and daring and say a collective, “yes” to God’s work—and let’s do it together.
“I think God could untangle your soul, your story, your gifts, your people, your place, and your passions, and begin to weave it into purposes that you haven’t been brave enough to imagine.” ~ Jenny Allen
Kelly is a mostly stay-at-home momma of three, personal trainer, boot-camp instructor and blogger living in McKinney, Texas. She is passionate about pouring into the lives of women through fitness. She loves to run and also loves a good burger and fries. She’s been married to her high school sweetheart for 13 years and they enjoy traveling, having date nights and going on adventures together and with their kids. You can also find her writing on her blog, Red Head on the Run.
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