While reading Jesus Calling (by Sarah Young) this morning, I read a sentence that made me stop for a moment; “If you live your life too safely, you will never know the thrill of seeing Me (Jesus) work through you.” I think that this can mean something to everyone, even if you don’t believe in Jesus. If we live our lives just going through the motions from one day to the other, do you think we will actually make a difference? Ever since I was little I have dreamed of changing the world, doesn’t everyone? We want to be a big deal. We want to be recognized, we want to end world hunger, we want to be the inventor that changes life as we know it, we want to do something unforgettable. We all long to leave a legacy behind that will last forever.
Well, newsflash, Eating Disorders, Addiction, Self-Harm… it’s all SAFE. We retreat to what we know in order to escape what we don’t know; such as emotions, lack of control, stress, etc. Life cannot be lived when you’re trapped in an all-consuming self-destructive cycle. However, recovery can begin your journey to a life-long adventure that will result in changed lives and a surplus of peace, joy, and love.
For me personally, I know that letting go of the safety of the familiar – and allowing Jesus to lead me, is the only way that my desire to change lives for the better will become a reality. I know this because not only have I seen it happen, I also believe that this desire was put in my heart by Jesus himself. Without His strength I wouldn’t be where I am in my recovery, and I know for a fact I wouldn’t have the confidence to share my story with others in hopes of giving them courage in their own journey.
Believe in yourself, leave the familiar behind, have a little faith, and enjoy the adventure.