The Secret of Your Story (A Guest Post By Holley Gerth)

Rocking chairs creak on the wide porch and voices follow the rhythm. These women talk of memories, days gone by, those loved and lost.

Then a younger voice asks, “What do you wish you could change about your life?”

The answers come, one by one.

Unexpected.

Startling.

True.

It’s not what they did that tugs at their hearts—it’s what they didn’t do.

We want to shut our eyes to the fear, hurt and disappointment we might face. But our existence here is like the kind of town so small that my Dad would say as we drove through, “Blink once and you’ll miss it.”

We’ve got to keep our eyes and hearts open because we won’t be here forever.

And one of the best ways to do that is through a God-sized dream, which isn’t really about size at all. Instead it’s about discovering who God created you to be and what He’s called you to do.

God-sized dreams are about living with purpose and passion, intensity and intention, courage and persistence.

What is it that God is asking you to say “yes” to in your life right now?

It might be spending more time with your family when social media beckons.

It might be going on an adventure outside of your home that you never expected.

It might be helping those in need (and aren’t we all in need?) in a way only you can.

The scenario shared at the beginning is real. Actual studies of older people show that regret truly hurts more than risk. If you risk and fail, at least you’ve learned—at least you’ve fully lived.

You, my sister, are braver than you know. Stronger than you realize.

You belong to the God “who lifts your head high” {Ps. 3:3}.

He does that so you can see what’s ahead for you; so you can catch a glimpse of your God-sized dream.

And, most of all, so you can “fix your eyes on Jesus” who has more in store for you than you can even imagine {Heb. 12:2}.

One day perhaps you’ll sit on the porch in a rocking chair and it will be your turn to tell a story. And you’ll share about faith, a big God and how nothing is impossible with Him.

Someone might even ask your secret.

Then you’ll smile and say, “I didn’t blink.”

-Holley Gerth is a life coach, best-selling author and friend to YOU. She’d love to hang out with you at www.holleygerth.com. Her latest book, You’re Made for a God-sized Dream: Opening the Door to All God Has for You encourages women like you. 

 

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  • http://www.bumbersbumblings.com/ Amber

    Beautiful! Needed to hear this today! Will have to check your book out after I finish desperate!!

  • http://twitter.com/ShanMKWalker Shan Walker

    Lovely post and a great reminder to have today and the day is just getting started. I need to work on this since I tend to shy away in fear to the unknown. Thank you for sharing this!
    Blessings,
    Shan
    The How to Guru

  • Jennie Woelpern

    Thank you for the encouragement and helping me to feel brave, great reminder!!

  • Christy Fitzwater

    God has put in front of me a huge ministry opportunity, and your words are the perfect encouragement for me today. Thank you for sharing!!

  • Nasreen Fynewever

    Thanks for hosting Holley here. Her words resonate deeply. And I am all about those books! Can’t wait for more people to read them!

  • http://www.livingjoel225.com/ Christine

    Yes! Yes! Yes! Ready to stand with eyes wide open, focused on Jesus!! : )

  • http://www.kmlogan.com/ KM Logan

    I had a lecturer in college say, “Every christian should have a dream so big, that only God himself is able to fulfill that dream.” That phrase has been my hearts cry ever since.

  • Beth Williams

    God is asking me to be content in my current job. It can be frustrating at times.. I will work hard on being content and thanking God for my job and income.

    “What do you wish you could change about your life?” I truly wish I had listened to people, my mother and now my husband about jobs and skills. She wanted me to retake typing to perfect it and come out of HS with more skills. He warned me not to go into medicine. Did I listen either time–NO for I thought I knew better.

    God has blessed me all these years through my many mistakes & I am truly grateful for itKM Logan

  • http://twitter.com/Missindeedy Missindeedy

    Holley, I love all of the different things you remind us that God may be calling us to say “Yes” to! You are such an encourager for us!

  • Amy

    YES! I feel like this is exactly what God has been saying to me lately. I love when someone ELSE can put my thoughts into words!! Thank you so much for this!