Getting Past the Start — A Recipe for Success

cropped-getting-past-the-start-cover.jpgWhen I wrote Getting Past the Start, I wrote it with the intention of sharing my heart and sharing my story. I wanted to be authentic about my journey and to hopefully encourage other people in theirs. While the intent has not changed, nor has the focus, the goals have become slightly more specific.

I have a burden on my heart to encourage women in their identities as daughters of God and to empower them to live a life that shows it.

I want to see the lives of women of all ages touched and changed, renewed and rejuvenated, encouraged and empowered.

This book is just the beginning.

Like the title, it is how I am getting past the start of this portion of my race. This is the journey that God has called me to run and I am doing my best to be obedient to that calling.

To help my readers in this process, I have decided to compile a series of blog posts pulled directly from the content themes of Getting Past the Start.

As believers, we understand that we have a purpose in life. While the steps in which we carry out that purpose look as unique as the individual themselves, the ultimate purpose is the same: to bring God glory. It is the reason we were created.

God is cultivating our lives to bring change to His kingdom and to bring as many hearts to Him as we can prior to the second coming. (p.xiii) While we are not responsible for the decision of others, we are responsible for living a life in which they feel invited to make that decision in the first place.

Everyone is at a different point in their race/journey. And everyone is going at a different pace. The challenge is that we get so focused on simply finishing the race, on that instantaneous success, that we completely neglect the investment needed to truly succeed in something as wonderful and great as the life that God has given us to live.

So what is success?

It’s been made abundantly clear in our current society that the world’s definition of success and God’s definition of success are as different as night and day.

The world focuses on what you do and what you have done. Do you have the degree? The experience? The money? The fame? The answer to who are you is often just a read-out of your resume and bank statement.

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We are so much more than simply what we do. Our success is found in who God says we are and ultimately that success is seen as we bring God glory though our lives. What we do is relative, but how we live can be seen as a determinate of our success. (pp. 10-11)

Are we living to meet the approval of man? Or are we living to share the heart of God with those who have been placed in our paths?

The journey can be tumultuous. So often it feels like God has somehow dropped us into the middle of a maze with no map, no compass, no way out. But we are seeing such a small piece of the entire story.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understandings. But in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV)

Our understanding is so limited. When we don’t understand, we are convinced that we have to do something to make it all come together. (p. 15) We begin depending on our own strengths and our own knowledge rather than trusting that God is big enough to know how to piece everything together.

In the end, the recipe for success is faith. Trusting God to guide each step and not questioning Him when that step takes you beyond your comfort zones. Trusting God to guide each step, even when that step is suspended in time and you are left in a holding pattern for a duration.

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God often refines our faith though endurance. It is rarely enjoyable but oftentimes necessary for us to come to a place that we will have the faith to do all that God wants us to do. (p. 16) He is simply asking us to be willing to trust Him. It’s not our ability but rather our availability that will lead to success. (p. 13)

  • Do you trust Him enough to guide you through your race?
  • Is your definition of success more in line with society or with God?
  • What is one thing you can do today to take a step forward in faith? After all, it’s all about getting past the start.

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