Strength is not a result. It’s a choice.
Most of our battles are won and lost in our minds. Whether it’s the first day of school, a playoff football game, the proposal, securing the impossible client or going for your dream, we have several options. But no matter which one we go for, the most important choice we will make is whether to act in strength or not.
I have talked about writing a book and launching a platform to write and speak into the lives of others as long as I could dream. But something broke in me about a year ago. A friend shared his story of redemption in a series at church and it sparked a deep inspiration for me to do the same.
I began writing. One page turned into ten. Ten pages turned into 100. Before I knew it, I had more than 100,000 words of content. And then I talked to my editor. I started talking about it. People began to pray for and about it. Other people began to believe in the dream even more surely than I did. As they dreamed with me, my dreams started becoming a reality
Thoughts turned into steps. How? Because I chose strength.
When God called Moses to lead the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt, Moses questioned God. I am no better. I have known my entire life God has called me to this purpose. And yet, every single day, I wake up and question if God is sure about choosing me. Maybe so-and-so would be better to write this book and share this story.
And every single time, God might as well put His hand on my shoulder and tell me, “This is a special assignment for you. And you only. By not trusting Me and taking the steps, you aren’t just missing out on My plan for you but you are causing someone else to miss out. I didn’t bring you to this point in your life just so you could say you survived Hell on earth. If you never do another thing as long as you live, you have to write this book and tell this message. Nobody else can do this assignment.”
It is hardly ever easy but I choose strength everyday. I choose to keep taking steps toward the dream. So far, God has proven Himself faithful every step of the way.
As we continue to work on the book, my priorities are authenticity and progress.
The message God has given me is about finding your place in your Father’s house and living confidently to be all you are created and called to be. It’s a story about authenticity. I tell you that because I will always strive to be genuine with you. There is no secret blueprint anywhere I am following on writing, speaking or building my brand. It’s just me, being ME. Some days might look dramatically spectacular. Other days might be mundane and empty. I’m human. Both exist in my life. I promise. Being authentic is only possible because I choose strength.
One thing I have learned so much about this last year is enjoying the process. As long as I am moving forward, that’s progress. It’s true in the gym, in relationships, in our jobs and in the pursuit of our dreams. Moving forward requires us to choose strength. Some days, that might be that I wrote 100 more words or secured one more subscriber on my website. Other days, it might look like book launch day or my first major speaking gig. No matter what the day looks like, my goal is to make progress every single day. Choosing strength creates the opportunity and appreciation for progress.
I would love to roll this website out as a finished product and it already be perfect. That isn’t happening. Why not? Because I am choosing strength. The truth is this whole thing is still a massive work-in-progress. I choose to take you guys along for the ride. Be a part of the process with me. What does that look like?
- My website will change. As I create more content and get feedback from you guys, I will constantly strive for valuable content and efficient delivery.
- I need your help. I will never pay for digital engagement. That means the brand has to grow organically. Subscribe. Like. Comment. Follow. Share. Tag. Retweet. Forward. Whatever you do to engage in conversations online, do it.
- Expect progress, not perfection. But that goes without saying, right?