As Christians, we like staying the course. We don’t quit. But, to get us where God wants us to go, we sometimes need to leave what’s familiar behind.
We teach our children what we’ve been taught. Finish what you start. Vince Lombardi, legendary American Football coach, said it best. Winners never quit, quitters never win.
But, what if God is calling me to quit?
At first glance this might seem like an odd question to consider. If there is a quality that we should shine in, Christians are expected to not be quitters.
There are the no-brainers. We don’t quit our marriages, spouses, kids, jobs that pay the bills, or any other obligation God has clearly given us responsibilities for.
We don’t quit love. We keep loving Christ, others, and life, even if we suffer, cry, and fail at times to do so.
But, there are the gray areas. The thought of quitting can creep in like a cold draft finding it’s way under the covers.
I’m talking about that dream or little pebble that won’t go away. In order to pursue it, we’d have to consider letting go of things we’re holding onto.
I toss and turn at night. The balance sheet of pros and cons somehow cancel each other out. Poor Hubby can only pray for deliverance from countless hours of playing the “what if” game whenever this happens.
In the end, it’s just between God and me, where the surrounding walls are painted a pale shade of gray.
This is where Faith steps in. This is when I must open the door and let her in.
Last week, I did it. I turned off the shop lights on a business I started two years ago. And turned on FaithBarista.
Yep, when I became a mom, I no longer wanted to work outside the home, to bring up baby.
I hatched a plan to start an online business as a means to generate income. Through circumstance of the economy going sour and a lot of talking with God, I realized He was freeing me to put the business aside. Pick up my pen and write.
Trust me, Bonnie. Just do it. Close your eyes. And trust me.
Here is the article I posted on Silicon Valley Moms Blog, that told everyone I was quitting and why: A Mompreneur Turns Out the Shop Lights.
I wish I could say I’m not looking back. But, that wouldn’t be honest. The rear view mirror has more than one use.
But, I know where I want to be going. It’s wherever God’s telling me to go. One street light at a time. No map for this journey.
I’m exhilarated and I’m also a bit scared. I look over at who I’m with. It’s Jesus. With a smile. We’ve got the top down for this ride. He’s not giving me any hints, either.
Just keep driving, Bonnie. Keep driving.
Share with me, has God ever led you to something new by asking you to leave something behind? What encouraged you to let go?
It’s hard driving without the directions up front. Here are some verses that are encouraging me.
“So, whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31
“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see,” Hebrews 11:1
Allow me to leave this post with an excerpt from the most beautiful poem about starting journeys and ending others:
“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.. a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away..” Ecclesiates 3:1,6[ This post was inspired by an article I read on Michael Hyatt’s Blog, “What Keeps You Going When You Want to Quit?” ]