I love Peter's experience of walking on the roaring sea with Jesus. But the thing is, Peter's story is often misunderstood. Do you have a step you need to take?
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I sat at the kitchen table with pen in hand and my spiral-bound journal. At the top of the page I had written “2019 Goals” in big, bold letters. Underneath the title sat a lonely subtle title “Step Out & Thrive Ministries…”
It just sat there, looking back at me.
I had other goals to write, but at that moment I honestly had no idea where God wanted to take Step Out & Thrive Ministries. Even today, I’m still trusting God to guide as I step out and follow Him by faith. That’s thriving after all.
I’m not a person that just sits. I do. I move forward. If something is blocking my way, I find a way around it (or die trying). Even if I am deep in thought, I write down where my thoughts are taking me. There is always a direction. There must be completion.
Those “…” made my heart race. I needed resolve and now.
But as I sat with my 2019 Goals, God gently spoke to my heart in the way only He can. I felt His nudge to stop writing, but honestly I just ignored it. My thoughts seemed to become jumbled as I lost my progress. I smiled and sighed, “Okay God, You win.”
I put my pen down. I sat back in my chair. I simply stopped and listened.
As I looked at “Step Out & Thrive Ministries” on my paper, I felt God ask me simply the one question that changed everything. It’s a question good coaches and counselors always ask their clients.
Funny thing is, I never even saw it coming.
“Bethany, why does this matter so much to you right now?”
And just like that my conversation with God commenced. Instead of writing goals, He had me recording our conversation. He reminded me that He called me to this and that He directs my path.
Bethany, work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for Me rather than for others. Remember, I will give you an inheritance as your reward, and I AM the Master you are serving. (Colossians 3:23, 24 NLT)
Now Bethany, it is I who make you stand firm in Christ. I anointed you, set My seal of ownership on you, and put My Spirit in your heart as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come. (2 Corinthians 1:21, 22 NIVUK)
Before working towards WHAT you want to accomplish, take time to wrestle with the WHY.
If I’m being completely transparent with you right now, I can admit God showed me the pride I had in this blog, in working with amazing dreamers and the opportunity to help real people get unstuck and do what He has called them to do. If I’m being completely honest, sometimes I fall into the lie that the more I can do the better person I can be.
Step Out & Thrive Ministries is not about a blog, blog comments, social media likes, coaching, speaking at conferences or releasing the next big life-changing book. No. This ministry exists to bring men and women closer to God to discover their God-given giftedness and courageously thrive in Christ.
Maybe the words here will impact thousands…maybe just 1.
But that 1 (maybe that’s you) – that 1 matters. That 1 is why I do what God has gifted me to do.
God has gifted me to write, speak, coach and create. I simply encourage the courageous and remind them Who they belong to. That’s my calling. That’s why I do what I do.
You are worth it.
Although I’m still waiting on God for more direction for where Step Out & Thrive is headed in 2019, one thing is true. You are my why. I’m so glad you are here.
Hello and welcome to Step Out And Thrive Ministries! My name is Bethany Boring and I am proud to be called a child of God before any other title or role. I am a mom to 3 amazing boys. I enjoy writing for this Step Out And Thrive community and walking with you as we venture through the ups and downs of life together. I am an ICF trained Certified Professional Christian Life Coach (Christian Coach Institute Graduate), Motivational and Inspirational Speaker, mentor, Certified Human Behavioral Consultant (DISC Personality) and an author. As always - dare to do more than just survive, step out and thrive!