Just like Joseph, all of us are born to do something. You’re born to win every victory. You’re born to learn from what appears to be a loss. You’re born to do all the great things God has for you to do. But you’re also born to bear some burdens. Have you ever just…sat down and thought about the burdens that come with being…you? Well, you’re born to bear those burdens too. Now, I’m a different type of person, so stuff like that gives me hope, because if I’m born to bear it, then I must be born to defeat it. I believe that the same is true for you. You may be wondering ‘why this’, & ‘why now’. My answer to those questions would be: because you’re born for it, boo. You were created to handle this burden at this time. You were not only fit for the storm, but you were born to survive it. Weeping may endure for a night (and those nights can get long, so consider yourself warned), but joy always comes in the morning. Morning is definitely coming, because you weren’t born to bear burdens from the day you were born until the day you die. You were born for the burdens, and a few ‘birthdays’. You, suga, were born to be renewed, and refreshed throughout the journey. It won’t be all mountain tops, but you won’t spend every day in the valley, either. You’ve got a choice to make every day that you wake up. You can stay, and fight another round, or you can give up. Now, giving up sounds like a good option sometimes, especially when you’re tired and have been fighting for what feels like forever and a few years, but before you concede defeat and decide to move on, think about what you’re giving up. You’re giving up a legacy. You’re giving up the blessing that comes after the battle. If Joseph ran before Jesus was born, he’d be known as somebody who couldn't handle pressure, if we knew who he was at all. Your legacy is your decision. You can die on the steps and be known as a failure, or you can finish this race and be known as a somebody that defeated what tried to take you out. Choose wisely; it’s more than the present pain, but it’s the purpose that pushes us forward.
Another thing about Joseph: he was a servant. After Jesus is born, we tend to ignore his early years, as if once He was born, all was well with the world. However, at some point after Jesus’ birth, an angel came to Joseph, and essentially said (warning: Valencia Version coming soon), “pssst! Get up. Get Mary, get the Child, and head to Egypt. Stay there until I say otherwise. Herod is trying to destroy Him, and we can’t have that.” (Matt. 2:13, if you want the actual words lol). Notice that nobody bothered to ask Joseph about the family’s plans for the weekend, if he had vacation days available, or if he felt like making the trip to Egypt (because he couldn’t get on a flight, so that was quite the journey). There wasn’t much consideration beyond the fact that somebody was trying to kill Jesus. Yet, Joseph did as he was instructed. Now, I can’t say that he did it with a smile on his face, because I honestly don’t know, but I do know that he did it. He submitted to a mission that was bigger than he could’ve ever been by himself, and did what God instructed Him to do.
Through Joseph, we see that to be a servant is to be willing to put your plans to the side at any moment. It requires flexibility. You can’t fully serve God if you don’t move until He says something that falls into your comfort zone. If you’re going to be God’s servant, you have to be willing to move when God says move. If you’re going to get (and keep) God’s promise, you’re going to have to do it God’s way, suga. Now, this sounds soooooo simple, but honestly, it is suuuuuuch a struggle (lol). Especially for my fellow planners, because a lot of work goes into planning the next year, 5 years, 10 years, etc. of our lives. But, once again, to get God’s promise, you’ve got to follow God’s plan. If you’d ask me where I’d be in 2015 back in…ohhh…2010. I would’ve told you that I’d be a UT graduate, in law school…at UT, with my own apartment living the fabulous Austin life! I wouldn’t have said a thing about a blog. I wouldn’t have said a word about the school I attend now, or the church I go to. Why? None of this was in my plan! According to 2010 Valencia, I should be in Austin, walking around in 75 degree weather! But I would’ve missed so much if I’d demanded to do things my way. I would’ve missed a new group of friends. I would’ve missed being a member of my church. I would’ve missed ministry opportunities. I would’ve missed y’all!! So while it is quite the struggle, when God gives you a plan that differs from what you had in mind, trust it. Trust Him. We say all the time that “His ways are higher than ours”, yet we apparently don’t want those higher ways because when He calls us up there, we freeze in fear of failure. If He’s called you to it, He won’t let you fall. His name is on the line here. He’s undefeated to this day. He’s brought you this far. Why on earth would He trick you into failing now? When God gives you a dream, a promise, a vision, etc., and you follow Him, He’ll do what’s necessary to protect it. He won’t let your dream die. So, let’s all be like Joseph, and do it anyway (with the fear, with the struggle, with the burdens, etc)…because we’re born for this.
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