When I was a little girl I was a Girl Scout.
Ok so really I never made it past Brownie. Which is pre-Girl Scout, like the test you have to go through before they let you graduate to the much cuter outfits of Daisy, and then eventually Girl Scout. I gave up because I didn’t like the outfits.
Seriously – they were ALL brown.
I’m sure there were other valid reasons to stop attending, but all I remember now is that I went for awhile, rocked the knee-high brown socks, and decided I didn’t want to do it anymore.
And then there were piano lessons. Which I quit because the teacher was mean.
And ballet. Though to be honest I’m not sure I remember why that one was dropped, because I fondly recall wearing the ballet slippers and jumping over carpet squares quite successfully. Now THAT was an outfit I could get excited about.
It’s not exactly popular to admit that you’re a quitter. We live in a world that honors those who succeed, the ones who stick it out, the underdogs who make it work when it looks like everything around them says they’re going to fail. But sometimes? It’s okay to give up. Do you want to know what I gave up recently?
My dream of publishing a particular book God had placed on my heart.
I didn’t want to. Everything in me wanted to fight for that opportunity to put myself out there and make a name for myself. I truly felt that God had given me the inspiration for this book, the outline, the concept, the vision. And then He asked me to give it back and stop chasing that dream for a season. I wish I could tell you that I knew why, but I can’t. I’m still living this one out. But I’ve learned enough over the last year to know that God’s timing is perfect – and when He asks me to give something up it’s usually because I’m choosing my timeline over His. The only thing that comes from trying to make all my plans work on my timeline is a delay in the blessing God has for me. So I’m telling you today that I’m a quitter:
- I’ve given up trying to be a perfect blogger.
- I’ve given up on looking at any statistics for my site and trusting that God has control over my audience.
- I’ve given up writing in certain online spaces or pursuing guest posts at certain blogs because God has asked me to step away.
- I’ve given up on trying to sound like “her” blog because I’m starting to love MY voice.
- I’ve given up on being “fine” if I’m not because friendships are built on honesty, not masks.
When giving up is an act of obedience to God’s purpose for your life, you succeed in quitting.
Is there something God is asking you to give up today? Trust that when He asks you to walk away from it, it doesn’t necessarily mean “never” – it just means “not now” and walk boldly in obedience. You never know what opportunity will come your way when you quit the place God needs you to give up.
Don’t forget to get those Behind the Scenes posts ready! We’ll link up here next Tuesday to share our stories – I can’t wait to read yours 🙂