Stepping out of the Shire

One fine day (as all good stories should start), I was pondering to next several months of support raising. As I listened to the GoCorps staff explain the next stage of the journey, I couldn't help but feel a bit like a hobbit (maybe Samwise) stepping into territory I had never walked into before. I had this profound sense that as soon as I moved forward on this journey, I would not come back the same. It would be easy for me to focus on the task of support raising: of doing everthing I can to make sure everything goes as planned and make sure I am fully funded in as little time as possible. This, however, is not ultimately the goal of my journey. What would happen if my primary focus was abiding in the Lord and allowing my relationship with Him to be the thing the propells me into action rather than focusing all my attention on doing things and being as productive as I possibly can? Today especially, I have found myself taking a step back and surrendering this process to God, trusting that He will provide. I want to first and formost be a person who is able to simply be who God has created me to be, constantly growing in my relationship with Him, and allow that relatioship to be the thing outflows into every conversation and relationship I have with potential partners. Though I trudge through lands I have never seen before, I get to rest in the fact that God is already present there and live in radical surrender to Him as I remember that God does not call the qualified, He qualifies the called.

With that, may the adventure begin!