What does your heart need to hear?
YOU WERE BUILT FOR THIS.
I was blessed enough to be able to go to RISE conference in Minnesota this year. Rachel Hollis is a wild fire and man, that girl can speak to your heart and make you get honest and intentional with yourself in ways many can’t. And she does it from a place of faith, un-apologetically and raw. And I learned so much…About myself. About my why. About purpose. And about love … however, it was something that her husband Dave Hollis said that hit me deep. I actually went into this conference with a prayer that it would grow me in ways that would draw me deeper to Jesus and his purpose for me. And it did.
Insert Dave Hollis’s speech, and this quote he used:
“A ship is safe at harbor, but that’s not what ships are built for.”
It struck a chord. And the chord sounded off key at first. Like one that doesn’t get played often. Like one that has a part of it out of tune. Like one that needed some attention.
So, I gave it attention. The spirit within me kept pointing to it… and I haven’t been able to let go of it.
It’s music is starting to sound sweeter. But it didn’t at first.
And for awhile…
It was awful
and I was afraid it would never sound sweet…
I started playing it more tho. “It” being that truth that Dave’s speech hit. The Truth that… gulp… I liked the harbor. The truth that I was made for more, but had come to love the safety of an anchor and a sea wall and the company of other “ships”, who embraced with me, the comfort zone of harbor.
That was the chord.
It’s called “I’ve settled”.
It’s called , “I’m comfortable”.
It’s called, “Lukewarm”.
It’s called , “Afraid to pursue”.
It’s called, “I don’t believe in myself”.
It’s called, “FEAR”.
And I didn’t like it.
That truth sounded like a terrible tune but I forced myself to lean into it.
If you don’t like a truth about yourself, if you don’t like the tune of a chord, if the music of your life isn’t sounding pretty…
Decide that’s not the song you want playing in your head!!!
As I leaned in to try to hear it’s true tune, with each strum, it whispered more and more loudly, the real.. underlying truth I needed to hear. I needed to remember:
Girl. FEAR is keeping you in the harbor… But you’re built for more.
Believe– YOUUUUuuuuu were built for “THIS”!
Write it down, speak it out loud, place it in all the places you look … but also… HEAR it.
Every time you read it, every time you speak it, every time you see it… HEAR it and believe it.
This call, this dream, this goal, this purpose, is placed in you by your Creator and He equips you for it!
Stay in the harbor and be safe. Play off key and out of tune.
Leave the safety of the sea walls and go to the deep and hear a symphony.
C’mon girl. You were “built” for this.
Like I said, my goodness how I’ve been revisiting this thought over and over since conference. It’s a hard truth I’ve had to make myself face. I’m a ship. Built for more but anchored at harbor.
Let’s dive into that.. it’s raw. But I think some of you may relate, so here I go with some transparency.
I like the harbor.
The other pretty ships and vessels bob and sway and stay safe at anchor, close by, like good friends who are gonna be there… even tho they are there because they are afraid too.
And hey, you know what, even if a storm does arise, you’re so close to shore, you can abandon ship and get to the safety of land, right? I mean abandoning ship is finnnnne if it looks like it’s in danger of sinking, right?
Ugh. I don’t like admitting this. I don’t like confessing the “off tune chord” of, I like the comfort of “LOOKING” like a seaworthy vessel but am too afraid to sail. I can’t stand that I’m saying out loud that this “harbor life” is a comfort zone I don’t want to leave. I don’t like disclosing that truth that I’m afraid of the deep. I’m anxious over sailing into a calling that is over my head, away from my security of shore and company of “likeminded” ships and that perhaps scary things may arise out there that look a lot like circling sharks, big waves and fierce storms I can’t handle. I hate that music.
I don’t like that girl. I don’t like that song.
That’s the girl that believes the lie. That’s the girl that gets in agreement with who she used to be. That’s the girl that looks at a past that tried to define her, and instead of believing for more… she believes what was. That’s the girl that lets all the fear that poured into her from childhood, keep her anchored to the thing that weighs her down. Thats the girl that lets the enemy storm the battlefield that her God has already won.
So , I’m not playing that tune anymore. I refuse. I’m not staying in harbor any longer than I have to. I’m sailing into deep waters… with my Creator
I was built for this.
I was made for more.
I was created on purpose for purpose
and, girl… so where you.
Here’s where we decide. Here’s where we don’t just AGREE, but rather, GET IN AGREEMENT with this truth: What you were made for… you are equipped for.
If you’re as ship, baby, you’re made to sail.
You might feel like hiding in safety. You may like the comfort of harbor. You may not mind an off key chord now and again… but the truth is, if you’re not walking in your calling. If you don’t sail into the deep, you’re only keeping yourself anchored to things that weigh you down. Things like your past, friends who are going nowhere too, opinions of other people, those attempts you made that failed, that insignificance you feel, that debt that whispers unworthy, that mistake that seems like a brand, that voice that says you’re incapable, ill equipped and not “sea worthy”… Those things are in the harbor and they feel “safe” because we know them. They feel safe because we know what to expect with them. They feel safe because we know how to drift with them. But they really… just have you anchored. Weighed down. Unable to sail into your purpose and dream. That anchored is tied to an enemy of your soul who is bound and determined to keep you anchored.
Cut yourself loose.
Set your eyes to the Sea… go deep. There are scary things there, but also, there are some of the most amazing and beautiful things waiting for you there too because that’s what you were built for… navigating those things to get to the deep and beautiful things you can’t find or give, in harbor.
You were made for more friend. You are built for more. And so was I.
What does your heart need to hear?
I think it needs to hear that you are built for this.
“This” dream you have. This goal you set. This purpose you see. This idea you develop. This plan that looks promising. This desire you crave…
Was set in you before the beginning of time by your Creator and you were MADE FOR “This”!
It’s not just in you to want it, it’s OK to want it. And that makes it more than ok to “sail” after it.
You were built for it.
Write it down.