What do you see in this picture? A window, right? Do you know what stands out to me?
I see a room that seems like a dungeon almost. It’s not a comforting place. Yet, there is the window.
If we’re being honest most of us live in a place like this. We’re surrounded by uncomfortableness. We can see the window and we can see that something is out there, but we don’t know what. A lot of times we’re even afraid to venture up to the window to take a peek. We’ve allowed the enemy of our soul to box us in and put fear into us.
You can see a small portion of the world outside just by looking at this window. If you get closer you can see a little more, and if you were to stick your head out you could see even more. If you were outside, you’d be able to see as far as your eyes could see and there would still be more beyond that, but you’d be free to explore it.
God has placed you here on this earth and you have a purpose. The devil would like nothing more than for you to believe that you have no potential or usefulness in God’s Kingdom. So he boxes us in with doubts and fears and he leaves a window to the outside just to torture us. You can see freedom, but you can’t fathom how it would be possible to be free. So you feel stuck in your dungeon.
Getting personal here for a minute. As a writer, I struggle with the things I write. As a matter of fact, even as I wrote the words, “As a writer” I could hear that little voice mocking me saying, “you call yourself a writer?” Like I said, I struggle. I don’t feel my words are good enough. I don’t feel like my grammar is good enough. I don’t feel like I’m good enough. Yet I know that God has placed it in me to write. I’ve known it since I was a child. It’s who I am. So I’ve been boxed up in my room of doubt and fear. I look out over all the other writers who I think do such a great job. They seem to always have the right words, and they seem to never struggle with self-doubt. So, I stay locked up in the room. Afraid. Afraid to put myself out there because I may be laughed at, or I might fail.
News flash for me! Everyone fails. It’s a part of life. C.S. Lewis was rejected over 900 times! Most of what we battle in our mind is a lie. It’s an illusion that the devil puts before us to keep us from stepping into our purpose. The truth is, there is no creepy room. There is no window because we are already free. We are free to walk right into our calling and our purpose.
What lie has the devil boxed you in with? It doesn’t matter what it is, it’s a lie. It’s all a trick to stop you from doing what God has called you to do. Pray. Pray for God to remove the lies from your mind. Then open your eyes and step out. You will find no greater feeling than doing what you are called to do. Knowing that you are working for the Lord and that he will get all the glory is the best feeling in the world.