YOU ARE THE EXPERT
How old are you? 19, 30, 50? How does that relate to anything?! When I was 20 years old, I had been married for a year and I had one child. No one listened that first year to the things that I knew about child-rearing, to them I was just a child having children. But now, at 33 I have 5 children, and have earned the respect of others, what makes me more qualified to be listened to now? The fact that I am older or the quantity of children that I have? The answer is neither.
Don’t be intimidated. Eventually everything is going to be out in the open, and everyone will know how things really are. So don’t hesitate to go public now.Don’t be bluffed into silence by the threats of bullies. There’s nothing they can do to your soul, your core being. Save your fear for God, who holds your entire life—body and soul—in his hands. Matthew 10 (MSG)
ARE YOU QUALIFIED? YES!
I became qualified to be listened to and give advice to others, when I chose to become the expert at my craft. Day and night, night and day, I studied and read countless books on marriage and child rearing. Not to mention the daily study in the Word of God. What was all this work doing? It was developing confidence in who I was, and in my craft, before others could see me for who I was on the inside. We don’t “practice” to be good at things, we practice to be confident at things. Contrary to belief, practice won’t make you a better musician (that takes talent)- what it will do is give you the confidence that you need to reveal your music to others.
Whatever it is that you are doing, in your life at the moment, become the expert. No one has to do it like you, no one can create it like you and no one will live your life but you. You alone can and will be the expert, and you alone (with God’s guidance) are the ones who should be considering who calls the shots in your life. When I was younger and insecure, I could remember thinking, “Who am I to write a book, I know nothing.” Of course I was completely equipped t do so, I was a stay at home mom negotiating two boys, pregnant with our third and loading up our entire house to move across country. 25 year olds don’t have peace of mind while moving across country pregnant with multiple children in tow… without being an expert. I couldn’t see then, that I had everything I needed for success all along. I had discovered the ability to manage my way through life with peace of mind during trial and that was valuable. What I was missing from being a writer then was the self confidence that I needed in understanding that I, was the expert .
Age does not matter at all, in this thing called life. We are out doing God’s work (making God look good to others), and He has bestowed upon us His gifts to get His kind of results. Be bold in your faith and bold in your day-to-day lives. You are the expert, it is your life! Not one can live it but you!
EXPECT TO BECOME AN EXPERT!
So what is it for you, that you may not feel “qualified” to do? As in anything new and exciting if this is the case, be patient and start out small.Read and grow, and learn everything you can about what it is God is calling you to do. If it is motherhood, become a Supermom. If it is carpentry, become a Master Craftsman. If it is sales, become a Sales Professional. God will never ask you to do something that would expose you completely in the open to the point of scaring you away from doing His business.
Jesus is speaking, when He says in scripture-
We are intimately linked in this harvest work. Anyone who accepts what you do, accepts me, the One who sent you. Anyone who accepts what I do accepts my Father, who sent me. Accepting a messenger of God is as good as being God’s messenger. Accepting someone’s help is as good as giving someone help. This is a large work I’ve called you into, but don’t be overwhelmed by it. It’s best to start small. Give a cool cup of water to someone who is thirsty, for instance. The smallest act of giving or receiving makes you a true apprentice. You won’t lose out on a thing. (Matthew 10:40-42 (MSG)
Keep up the faith, God is on your side! He wants you to know, that you aren’t just an expert… you are the expert. There can only be one you!
God bless you today as you grow in the faith and the confidence to move mountains and scale the walls of thought!
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