Hello and welcome to my leap of faith! I am truly honored and blessed that you are here. When I began to consider doing a blog, I thought, “I don’t have time for that!” Then I thought, “No one will want to visit a page I put together.” Then I figured, “It’s too much trouble.” I had spent a couple of years paying for a domain for which I never built the website. I had intended to create a place where I could share with people openly about life and perspective. I intended to create a place where I could share my creative outlets with others. I had great intentions but, as with most things in life, our intentions don’t always turn into actions. Maybe its laziness, maybe its fear or maybe it was a little bit of both that kept me from making the leap into the virtual world, a leap I just wasn’t willing to make until now.
This past summer I finally cancelled my domain and gave up on doing anything at all. Then I got hit with an unexpected surgery which took me off work for eight weeks and provided some much needed time to rest and reflect on the many aspects of my life and my journey. It seems to be that we don’t take time to be still and reflect until we are forced to do so. These places often present themselves as times of difficulty and more often than not we spend all our energy trying to find ways out of these times instead of taking a breath, sitting back and listening to that still small voice within. As a result, we lose great opportunities to gain clarity on our life’s journey and the reason we are here. We lose the chance to gain a better vision of our passions or to recognize the signs pointing us down the path we are meant to walk.
There have been things in the course of my life I have felt compelled to do. They haven’t been grand acts or gestures but I have usually respected the conviction and acted on it, no matter how small. It might be encouraging someone. It might be expressing to the people in my life just how much they mean to me and how much they are loved. It might be helping the homeless man on the corner. It might be writing a song that no one hears for years or writing something no one will ever read. But when I look back over my life, all the things I’ve been compelled to do have generated from what I feel “called” to do.
Knowing your purpose in life is easier than knowing HOW to live out that purpose. The vision is easy; the execution can be challenging and utterly confusing! I believe God has a purpose for each and every one of us and He wants it to be clear to us even more than we want it for ourselves. The problem usually lies in the gap between our vision and His. We want meaning and passion in our lives but only if it doesn’t cost us anything. I don’t mean a financial cost (though that might happen at times) but a cost in time, energy or even relationships. Following where we are led is not always a popular path. Sometimes the risks in doing so seem far too great. The fear of losing something, or even simply disrupting the status quo in our lives, is so powerful that we succumb to it and settle for so much less than what we are intended to be instead of leaping into the unknown and becoming who we really are!
So today, I am throwing off the chains of fear and apprehension and making a leap of faith into the unknown. God has not brought me this far to let me down!