Leap of Faith

Blog post numero dos. You’re back, yay! Who’d of thought?

Today I want to talk a little bit about what I’ve been feeling lately and how it will play into my future. (Did that last sentence make any sense? no? okay.)

Basically God has been leading me to use the rest of my single years for ministry. That may not sound super scary until you learn what my “day job” has been for the last 3 years.

I’ve been working at a dance studio as a ballet teacher. Any teacher of any subject EVER will tell you that teaching is a commitment. You can’t just up and decide you’re going to China for a month. There’s no vacation unless the school is out of session, and even then I still had holidays I had to work. You eat, sleep, and breathe that job. No matter how much you love it, you have to admit that it leaves you very little opportunity for serving outside of it. So I quit my job. My job was my security; My steady-(ish) flow of income. My job was something I could count on to pay the bills. BUT I GAVE IT UP.

WHY??

Because God told me to.

Sometimes God asks us to do things that make us uncomfortable. Things that sound like they aren’t feasible. Sometimes we argue with the Creator of the Universe, as if we know better than He does. (I don’t recommend it, He always wins).

My small minded little brain had this argument with God:

“Missions trips don’t pay the bills God! In fact, they will only bring more bills! How am I supposed to pay bills AND be about your business? I’m sure I can start devoting some of the summers I’ll have off. I would be comfortable with that!” #notevenamustardseed #ohyeoflittlefaith #arguingwiththeomnipotent

Who do I think I am to argue with the same God that provided meal and oil that never ran out for the widow in the days of Elijah (1 Kings 17)? What would possess me to believe that the God who provided a sacrifice for my sins can’t provide for my small bills? Does that not put things in perspective? Sure makes me sound like a small minded, faithless person.

God is going to do miracles. I have some ideas, but God is going to have to lead me. On my own, I can’t make it work. He’s going to have to multiply my efforts. I expect great things because I have a great God. If God is for me, who can be against me? God has a plan for my life and I want that plan more than I want anything else in the whole wide world. So I took that leap of faith.

That doesn’t mean I’m going to sit in my room and pray that someone comes by the house and offers to fund my every need. I still have to work hard. Anything worth doing is worth the effort. What I’m not going to do is give up. When things get tough, you won’t see me running back to the job. If I’m in God’s will, you’ll see me run faster toward Jesus.

Seek Adventure!

Ashley Tackett

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