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Do YOU Get Stuck?

I remember how hard my parents fought the idea of getting a VCR in 1990…until someone gave them their first one. THEN they started watching movies like CRAZY and LOVED it! If you had tried to take it, you would have gotten bitten!

It was the same way with a microwave and a cordless phone!

Then 10 years later, they didn’t want a DVD player…until I finally bought them one. They saw that the picture quality was SO much better and now they love DVDs!

Of course, they swear they’ll NEVER ever switch to blu-ray. But in a couple of years I’ll buy them one because the picture and sound is even better. And guess what? I know they’re going to LOVE it!

Getting stuck can mean missing out

Do you know someone who’s still wearing the same clothes that they wore in 1980? Maybe that’s the last time they felt COOL.

How about a relative who’s house is still decorated in mauve and country blue? Maybe that’s the last style they felt COMFORTABLE with.

Getting STUCK in one place, comfortable with one way of doing things, steeped in one tradition can mean that life, new business and opportunities might just pass us by.

The way we have ALWAYS done things might not be the way we should ALWAYS do it.

Just today…

As I’m sitting here by the fireplace doing my morning devotions, I’m thinking about how God says that His gifts and calling are without repentance.

No matter what happens, God doesn’t take our gifts and calling away from us. They’re IRREVOCABLE!

The problem is we think that yesterday’s gift can take us into tomorrow without being relevant to today.

Don’t skip that last thought – it’s a big one.

Staying Relevant

Sometimes we have a tendency to just get stuck wherever we feel COMFORTABLE.

Comfort doesn’t mean success.

My pajamas are comfortable, but it doesn’t mean that I’m going to wear them to my next meeting.

The discomfort that comes with using our gift in a new way is actually us feeling the stretch of staying cutting edge, in the now, and prepped for the future.

The gifts of God ARE irrevocable, but if we don’t get with God every day and find out what NEW THING He’s speaking to our hearts, we risk getting stuck in the past.

Then we’re going to be STALE, we’re going to be IRRELEVANT and we’re going to be OLD!

And OLD to me is a curse word.

So what does it take?

If we can’t embrace change, God will move on to somebody else who will listen to Him and do what He tells them to do, right NOW!

That will be TODAY’S MAN. Today’s man in business, today’s man in the news and today’s man to change the world…or TODAY’S woman! (C’mon ladies, represent!)

God’s going to use the person who’s listening to Him today. Who’s not STUCK in their old ways.

God never said, “I guarantee your comfort all your days.’ He said, ‘without faith it is impossible to please Me.’

The old and routine doesn’t take faith. The new, out of our box and increasing of our talents and realm takes faith.

The person willing to move, to be flexible, to seek Him daily, to shift – THAT is who He uses to change the world.

Be a world changer

Get with God and listen to Him.

What is He telling you to do?

What can you share with us that you know you’re STUCK in?

How are you going to get out of it?

Share with us so that we can all move forward together.

7 Responses

  1. Randy

    I am stuck in a dead end job. I earned a Master’s Degree in teaching and now don’t know if that is what I want to do anymore because of a bad experience in my first year. I love working with kids but young adults are already set in there ways. Me too probably. I’ve been working in retail for 9 months now however I know down in my heart it is not where I want to be. I am stuck in “I don’t know what to do with myself anymore. This whole thing seems so ridiculous…….idk ?? I wish God would tell me what to do//….
    P.S. I like your Blog

  2. Shannon

    This topic is SO spot on! I was comfortable NOT stepping out and taking a risk or what I perceived to be risk. You know, that thing that would make me feel vulnerable and would put me in a position to risk rejection. God has been showing me the direction he wants me to go for 20 years and it has taken me that long TO NOT FEAR what he is asking of me and to be willing, to embrace it, and to ask for more. It is a little frustrating that it took me this long, but better late than never. His timing is perfect. I choose not to regret. I’m just so glad I’m not resisting anymore. God is so good!

  3. Mary

    I grew up with an abusive family and around a lot of alcoholism. I was abducted as a child, raped and watched my mom die. This is the beginning of the trauma that I had dealt with in my early years of life. There were a lot more as the years went by. It was all kept a secret! It was pushed deep inside of me. I never felt anyone cared for I wasn’t heard as a child and I learned about a punishing God. I continued moving through life angry at God, self-medicated and in constant running mode. Every time I would come to St. Louis I could not leave fast enough, but always missed being home. I went through life not letting people get too close to me. I stayed busy working endless hours and staying involved with whatever I could to avoid me, my feelings and any closeness with anyone, especially God!!!! Then, while in Texas I went through a separation and found myself wanting to come to St. Louis, which was crazy for I left a great job, but something kept pushing me. Then, when I returned the past trauma kept haunting me. Then, I lost two jobs since returning. I had already lost everything, but my debt worsened and it was devastating to me. I began to isolate hating the world just like that young child and I became suicidal. I was stuck in the past!!!! I knew I needed help! To make a long story short, the only place I would go was Faith Church, which is where you normally would not find me. Then, I started seeing a counselor. We began the process of moving through the trauma, which has been horrific. I was only able to do it because of the opportunity that was given to me to participate in the Easter production. I found God and I had amazing spiritual experiences. God has tried to talk to me so many times in my life, but I ignored him due to my anger. This time I listened when I woke up one morning, two weeks ago and saw Jesus’ wounded hand in mine and heard a voice tell me that I did not have to die for he died for me. And, that I had so much more to do in life. The spiritual experiences that morning were endless. Now, I am walking out of the past into the present. It was worth losing everything for I found God. I could not have taken this journey without the new friendships and love I found at Faith church. Thank you!

  4. Mary

    I realize this is long, it is what I needed to write.

    I grew up with an abusive family and around a lot of alcoholism. I was abducted as a child, raped and watched my mom die. This is the beginning of the trauma that I had dealt with in my early years of life. There were a lot more as the years went by. It was all kept a secret! It was pushed deep inside of me. I never felt anyone cared for I wasn’t heard as a child and I learned about a punishing God. I continued moving through life angry at God, self-medicated and in constant running mode. Every time I would come to St. Louis I could not leave fast enough, but always missed being home. I went through life not letting people get too close to me. I stayed busy working endless hours and staying involved with whatever I could to avoid me, my feelings and any closeness with anyone, especially God!!!! Then, while in Texas I went through a separation and found myself wanting to come to St. Louis, which was crazy for I left a great job, but something kept pushing me. Then, when I returned the past trauma kept haunting me. Then, I lost two jobs since returning. I had already lost everything, but my debt worsened and it was devastating to me. I began to isolate hating the world just like that young child and I became suicidal. I was stuck in the past!!!! I knew I needed help! To make a long story short, the only place I would go was Faith Church, which is where you normally would not find me. Then, I started seeing a counselor. We began the process of moving through the trauma, which has been horrific. I was only able to do it because of the opportunity that was given to me to participate in the Easter production. I found God and I had amazing spiritual experiences. God has tried to talk to me so many times in my life, but I ignored him due to my anger. This time I listened when I woke up one morning, two weeks ago and saw Jesus’ wounded hand in mine and heard a voice tell me that I did not have to die for he died for me. And, that I had so much more to do in life. The spiritual experiences that morning were endless. Now, I am walking out of the past into the present. It was worth losing everything for I found God. I could not have taken this journey without the new friendships and love I found at Faith church. Thank you!

  5. Candice Hudson

    I understand what it is to be comfortable and I do not consider myself to be afraid of change. What I struggle with is whether or not God is telling me to take that step or if it’s just me. How do I know? In the last 15 years, I can say that it seems I made more change that I have had to correct because it wasn’t God’s direction but my own. My prayers are for God to guide me and for me to be able to hear Him.
    God Bless
    Candy

  6. Al

    Randy,
    I can identify with your situation! As a young man, I discovered I had a God-given talent for mathematics, and became an actuarial analyst. After 12 years in that capacity, I was reduced in force because the company I was working for was encountering financial problems. I took a 33% pay cut to find another job in the same company, but was reduced in force a second time only 21 months after my first reduction in force. After 2 1/2 months of unemployment, I found a job as a quantitative analyst with a different company. I have been there for over 11 years now, but still await my first promotion. I feel stuck as well, as I sense my manager in “in the way” of me getting promoted.

    If you find you love working with children, might you consider a career change to a youth pastor? Might God be trying to steer you in this direction. Listen to Him, and see if he can tell you what to do next. I will pray for you!

  7. Jessica Kimbrough-Nevel

    Pastor Nicole,

    God must for sure speak to you and tell you exactly what others need to hear and when they need to hear it. I swear that everything you say brings me to tears, not in a bad way but a good way. Whether its the Circus, other events you have or at church, your words hold so much meaning and relevance to my everyday life. The very first day my family attended your church, we truly felt the presence of God, words from yourself and David’s mouths that could only come from our Lord and Savior. You are both blessed beyond belief and we are blessed for being guided to your church, a true place of the Lord. You are my daughter’s hero, she says she wants to be just like you when she grows up, she repeats your words and it makes me cry and gives me so much pride. Though I have raised her, you help shape her every week, and she lights up just to see you at church. You and David, and the church, and of course the Lord have helped our family in more times than you could ever imagine. They had a Christmas last year that was made possible by the wonderful people that you and your husband are. We have more respect for you than I could ever put into words…and you blogs are the strength I need everyday that I cant attend church. Thank you for being the loving, kind, down to earth, real woman that you are. We thank the Lord everyday for guiding us to the church that has truly changed our lives. We could not be where we are today, in our Christianity, if it wasn’t for you and David and the church that God has provided you with. 2 years later, after finding Faith Church, we are better Christian, happier people, better parents, and our marriage is stronger than ever before. You and the Lord have made this possible. Thank you, Nicole, and thank you David, for following Christ and exposing the Lord to every possible person that will listen to your wonderful, amazing words of the scripture.

    With respect and sincerity,
    Jessica R. Kimbrough-Nevel
    4/26/2013

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