Here’s an excerpt from the email I sent out this past week (for which you can still sign up here):
While I was in London last month, taking time to figure out where my life was at, I read some of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s sermon on “A Tough Mind and a Tender Heart.” In it, he said, a tough-minded individual has “firmness of purpose and solidness of commitment.” It was that phrase that stirred me, as I realized that my approach to making decisions has always involved more bet-hedging and playing it safe, waiting until the dust has settled before striking out, holding out until I know things will work out before committing.
And it struck me that God wants more than that. God wants more than playing it safe. Being responsible doesn’t equate with playing it safe. Making wise decisions doesn’t always mean going where things are guaranteed. Following God doesn’t always entail knowing how I’ll be taken care of, only that I’ll be taken care of.
So I decided to try to make my decisions based on who I want to become—who I believe God has created me to be—rather than just on who I’ve always been or what’s safe.
Which leads me to where I am now, about to step out in faith.
Read the rest here.Tags: discernment faith life the district church vocation washington dc