It’s not going to be easy –

11 Mar

It’s not going to be easy to listen to God’s call.  Your insecurity, your self-doubt, and your great need for affirmation make you lose trust in your inner voice and run away from yourself.  But you know that God speaks to you through your inner voice and that you will find joy and peace only if you follow it.  Yes, your spirit is willing to follow, but your flesh is weak.

You have friends who know that your inner voice speaks the truth and who can affirm what it says.  They offer you the safe space where you can let that voice become clearer and louder.  There will be people who will tell you that you are wasting your time and talents, that you are fleeting from true responsibility, that you fail to use the influence you have.  But don’t let yourself be misled.  They do not speak in God’s name.  Trust the few who know your inner journey and want you to be faithful to it.  They will help you stay faithful to God’s call.

Henri J. M. Nouwen, The Inner Voice of Love

4 Responses to “It’s not going to be easy –”

  1. Adam P H Teske March 11, 2013 at 2:08 pm #

    Lindsay. Thank you for posting this. I did not know it, but this was something I really needed to hear today. You are such a blessing. I miss you a lot.

    • Lindsay March 12, 2013 at 8:54 pm #

      I’m glad these words were what you needed to hear. They speak to me profoundly in my current time and place. Once this silly winter is over, I’ll come to the cities and let’s do lunch/dinner/something because I miss you too!


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