Stepping Out


So last night, the whole world was eagerly awaiting  Simon Cowell’s long awaited return to television with his soon-to-be hit, The X-Factor.   Not only did we get Simon back, but Paula too!  Did you watch it?

I only watched about 10 minutes, but I’m beyond certain I saw the best part.  42 year-old Stacy Frank is a single mom who was born to sing, but with the challenges of raising two small children, combined with years of people, including an abusive significant other, telling her that she was too old, not good enough, or never going to make it,  she “lost faith in herself and got stuck.”

Deciding it was time to take a chance, she approaches the stage and tells Simon, “I don’t want to die with this music in me…”

Then she starts to sing…just a simple, easy song by Aretha Franklinno biggie.  Oh. My. Word. Ya’ll, she was good!  Even Simon stood up to applaud her.  She had so much passion, heart, and emotion behind her voice.  She’s one of those people where you look and say, “this is what you were made for; this is what you were born to do!”  I mean, we’re not even to the finale/makeover/homecoming shows, and there I was alone on my couch, and I got misty, teary, full-out wept.

What is wrong with me?  I couldn’t believe I was getting so emotional over The X-Factor.  But as I pondered my reaction, there was a part of me that was so encouraged that after years of hearing and believing lies, she finally took a risk.  After hiding her gift in her bathroom at home, she finally stepped out and decided to share it.  You just HAVE to watch this:
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Don’t we all have a little Stacy in us?  Easily weighed down by lies, doubts, and fears that make us too scared to step out and so just like Stacy, we find ourselves stuck.

Admittedly, most of us won’t find ourselves winning American Idol…and even if I wanted to try, I’m pretty sure I’m approaching the age limit!  But each one of us has unique gifts, talents, and dreams.  Each one of us has been set apart by God for a specific purpose.

Is there something inside of you, bursting to get out?  What are you waiting for?

I just love what God says to Jeremiah in chapter 1:
“I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb.  Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations…Don’t say, ‘I’m too young,’ for you must go wherever I send you and say whatever I tell you.  And don’t be afraid of the people, for I will be with you and will protect you…today I have made you strong like a fortified city that cannot be captured… I am with you, and I will take care of you.” (NLT)
“God’s Spirit beckons.  There are things to do and places to go!”
Romans 8:14-15 (MSG)



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