The following is a post that David Santistevan wrote this past week that I think you have got to read! David is a blogger and worship leader, who is currently serving at Allison Park Church in Pittsburgh, PA.
Don’t you just love to dream?
To stare possibility in the face and rule it with an iron fist?
Yes you do. You’re a dreamer. A challenger of the status-quo. Someone with a mission to change the world.
Until, of course, you realize you’re unqualified.
Just the other day, I was going for a walk, rehearsing the idea of potential projects, goals, and ways to leave a mark on the world in 2013.
Walks are like that for me – helping me clear my head and see the big picture of my life.
The walk started out refreshing, but ended in a cold sweat. I was terrified. Mainly because everything I wanted to do was impossible – I was “unqualified” for all of it.
Maybe it was resistance. Maybe it was the truth.
But I couldn’t ignore the voices in my head:
– You never finished college
– You’re too young
– Your insight isn’t brilliant enough
– Your teeth aren’t white enough
– You’re a poser, a fake
Excuses. Excuses. Excuses. It was like these tiny little monsters were attacking my psyche, convincing me to give up.
I’m sure you know them well. Anytime you attempt anything worthwhile, they are poised, ready to strike.
I’ve come to believe that when I hear these excuses loud and clear, I’m probably creating something that needs to be shared.
Without the little monsters, I’m playing it too safe.
The Truth About Qualifications
Want to know the truth about being qualified? You are qualified when you decide to be.
Sure, you have to work and develop and stretch yourself. You have to put in the time.
Just speaking something doesn’t make it true.
But successful, status-quo shaking creativity and art starts with a decision.
I want you to say this out loud: “I am qualified.” Say it again. Write it down.
You need to believe that God has called you to do great things.
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