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ready…GO!…get set…

August 23, 2011

I’m the kind of girl who likes to be prepared.

My purse is a good testament to this. While I change bags often, according to whim or weather, the contents is much the same. Handi-wipes, sanitizer, lotion, back-up make-up, emergency Dum Dums and a suitable, healthy, after-school snack, just in case.

I don’t ever want to be unprepared.

Every contingency. Every possibility. I like to have ‘em covered. It’s just the kind of girl I am (say it with me: “Control Freeeeeakkkkk”).

My first blog was titled “Ready…GO!…get set…” for good reason.

I spend a lot of time in the “get set.” A lot. A plan for every possible outcome. I like to be ready. I like to be prepared. I like to be…in control.

But life, as we all know, is what happens when we’re making all those fancy plans
and despite my best-laid plans, I spend most of my time in the “Go!” part of the equation.

Last week I attended a mind-bogglingly wonderful conference called CLASSeminars: Christian Leaders Authors and Speakers. In three days, I had to give three – yes THREE – speeches in front of an audience for critique. The first two I had but five minutes to prepare. The last one I had one night. Talk about feeling out of control…

But I loved it – I loved the challenge even though I was terrified! It was thrilling – like The Drop Zone kind of thrilling. Stomach flying out of your ears thrilling.

 16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.

Have you ever really paid attention to these words from Matthew, verse 17? I hadn’t – until last week.

17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted.

Some of them doubted. So, what did Jesus do? Did He say: “No problem, guys! Take your time! Go study, prepare, do whatever you need to do to get set.”

Uh uh. Nope. He just said: “Go!”

He didn’t care that they weren’t ready.
He didn’t care that they had doubts.

He didn’t particularly need them to be in control.

He just said “Go!”

Knowing this, what alternative did they have but to do just that? GO!

I worry a lot about writing, speaking and knowing what the future holds. Am I prepared? Probably not. Do I have doubts? Heck, yeah. But, knowing this, what alternative do I have?

…do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say, 20 for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.

Matthew 10:19-20 has the answer…Just as He will make me ready when the time comes, for whatever it is that’s coming, I also know this:

He’s going to be right beside me all the way.

What are you “getting set” for right now?

Has Jesus whispered in your ear: “Go!”? 

This post was inspired by The Me Project, a book by Kathi Lipp. If you haven’t read it yet, be warned – you’re in for the ride of your life. Hold on tight…

One Comment leave one →
  1. Bethany permalink
    August 24, 2011 9:10 pm

    Great post! Love it. I’m really proud of you for going to the seminar. I would love to hear what your speeches were about!

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