Can you believe we’re already in month 12 of 2013? This is very overwhelming news to me. Not only that this year is flying by but I have 1 month left of this decade in my life. I am crossing the line into the big ugly 3-0.
Over the last several months I’ve caught my mind wondering through the past 10yrs. How many opportunities have I missed to share the gospel? Did I accomplish all that God invited me to do? No! I didn’t. Actually I remember saying “no” a lot. I remember times I went to the grocery store and my emotions were so frustrated over my own current circumstances that I never considered the people God may be placing in front of me. I remember God inviting me to minister to a need, but I was too embarrassed or scared to step out of my comfort zone and pray with a stranger or speak up when I knew He was nudging me. I remember times I felt like the Lord wanted me to sacrifice my last dime for a need, but I didn’t trust Him enough to let go of it.
Granted there were some amazing moments over the past 10 years. Moments I was blessed to jump out on faith and watch as He weaves circumstances to carry my family right where He wanted us, but I am truly in grief over the fleeting moments I allowed to slip through my fingers thinking I would get another opportunity.
I am not sure where you stand on tattoos, but I am through wasting moments. I’ve been praying over this thing for 3 years now (because I am such a wimp). I want a tattoo on my foot. I realize this may sound completely random, but in my heart this is a huge deal. I want one that says Beautiful, Romans 10:15. This would be my covenant between me and God. Because with as much grief as I am experiencing right now over the missed opportunities from the last 10yrs, I cannot imagine lying on my death bed one day and grieving over a life wasted. I want to die with Beautiful Feet and I want something that serves as a constant reminder for me to continuously jump outside of my comfort zone and serve the Lord.
I pray that the next 2 months will close out with moments filled with giant faith leaps that I do not say no to. I pray that my next decade will be consecrated in the pages of my life’s book as the decade I daily said, “It’s not about me” and followed God in wild, passionate, surrendered faith.
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Melissa Bradley is married with two small children. She is a co-founder of a City-Wide Women’s Ministry, The Well. She currently serves and assists in various churches around her community. The burden of her heart is to see the churches in her city come together to be the hands and feet of Christ. She is passionate to live every day missionally. You can also find Melissa at www.Melissa-Bradley.com.
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