It was a subtle whisper, and it left as quickly as it came.
“You might as well quit. You’re not making a difference for Jesus. You’re not making a difference at all.”
And, for a moment, I believed it. A fleeting thought followed, “Yeah, maybe I should quit.”
Ever been there? Ever had similar whispers which caused you to ponder quitting?
My day grabbed me and off I went, forgetting about it all until I logged into my blog yesterday afternoon. Preparing my head to write, it was no accident I stopped over to Suzie Eller’s blog. I find it utterly amazing how God continues to give me what I need, right when I need it. (Even when I don’t know I need it.) He reminded me through this friend–and her words–that my calling isn’t about reaching the masses or about the likes or the re-tweets or any of that.
Even if it may appear I’m making no difference at all.
It’s about doing what God calls me to do. Period.
But, it’s easy to listen to the whisper, isn’t it? It’s a temptation to follow it. Especially when it comes at a time when no visible results are present, and you’re weary of the pressure to perform.
I know it wasn’t God’s whisper that told me to quit yesterday morning. God doesn’t work that way. He doesn’t take back the call He’s given.
You see, when God gives a grace gift and issues a call to a people, He does not change His mind and take it back. Romans 11:29 VOICE
That’s encouraging and comforting, isn’t it? If God has gifted you and me in a specific way, and calls us to use that gift, we can trust He’s going to lead us as we step out in faith.
But, a whisper suggesting we quit is a tool the enemy of our souls uses to try to thwart us. He attempts to prevent us from using our gifts and following our calling. He whispers such words of defeat and discouragement so subtly, we may not even realize where they are coming from.
May we not listen to the whisper to quit.
Friend, if you’re tempted to quit in your calling, don’t. If you’re thinking about hanging up your gift, refuse to do so. What I’ve learned from experience is this: when you’re hearing the whisper to quit, stay the course. There’s a breakthrough about to happen. There’s a blessing just around the corner. And, if you decide to quit, it’s one you’ll miss.
Give yourself permission to settle into God’s calling. Give yourself permission to let go of the pressure to perform. Rejoice in and thank God for His gifts. And, shine bright for Him as you use them.
Yes, I’m reading my own words and taking them to heart. Don’t quit, my friend. I’m not going to either!
I’m thankful we can encourage one another as we journey together.
Linking this post with friends Suzie, Crystal, Deb, and Crystal.
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A good word, Julie. I know I’ve been there time and time again. And I have to seek assurance from God that what I’ve been doing is truly His call on my life and not just me running away with something I think I can do for Him. I always think of 2 Corinthians 10:5: “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought [and whisper] to make it obedient to Christ.” When I take it to Him and ask for His confirmation on my call and my conformation to His will, I can move forward in confidence that I walk with Him in obedient faith.
Your words are always inspiring and encouraging to me. And like you said, “I find it utterly amazing how God continues to give me what I need, right when I need it.” There are times your words are just the encouragement I need to hear. And I know this is true for countless people who are blessed by you pouring out your heart in each post. Keep up the good work. You never know how God is using it!
Amen, Sabra. That 2 Corinthians passage brings us to the heart of the matter. Thanks for sharing it here. Thanks for your encouragement as well. May God bless you as you continue to point others to Him, my friend. Keep up the good work yourself! Love and hugs.
Hi Julie! Thank you so much for a great post! I needed to read it today as I also face same whispers many times and feel like quitting. Blessings to you!
I think we all might need a reminder now and then to keep forging ahead and to stop listening to the whispers. Praying God prompts you to put one foot in front of the other today. Bless you for stopping in!
Julie- so glad I stopped! The enemy has been more and more audible lately about quitting…and I’ve been listening more than I should. Thank you for the encouragement and inspiration. God knew I needed to hear it from you! 🙂
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Hi Julie! I understand where you’re coming from, for sure. Praying God continues to encourage your heart and inspire you to keep going. So glad you stopped over! Blessings.