Lower Your Nets. Finish Strong.

Posted in Blog Escape from Perfect Isle | 19 comments


How hard is this?! Ugh. One step. One more step.  A stumble.  A sigh.  Maybe even just a moment of pausing while down.  Ok, time to get back up again.

Can you feel the weight, the effort, the obedience?  Lately God has been telling me to “finish strong”.  Do the right thing in many areas of my life, to change my perspective.  Stop feeling hopeless where I am at and wrap things up.

Finish strong. Surrender your current reality.

This current reality is not my forever reality.  I needed that.  I needed some hope as I am surrendering where I am at.  I am waking up each and every day, going through all the motions, one more time.  Lowering my nets ONCE AGAIN.  Over and over.  As I am continuing to live…..I am finding that God really does take care of the little things.

As I surrendered….He has delivered.

My biggest surrender lately is being able to say “it’s OK that I am not the best at my job. I tried something new, and it didn’t work out”.  It’s ok to fail.

My Oopsland perspective is that I should celebrate my growth. Oopsland will celebrate that I took a leap of faith and stepped waaaaaaay out of my comfort zone.

But Perfect Isle Syndrome keeps creeping in.  It keeps telling me if I just try harder, if I just work longer hours, if I just got the right project…..THEN I could succeed.  Then I would be perfect.

In actuality, this current failure is catapulting me to further, better realms.  3 new jobs have already come my way.  Funny how that works. God couldn’t do that until I was OK with failing at my current state.

That was what he was asking me to be obedient in.

Lower your nets.  Finish strong.  Keep going, but wrap things up.

19 Comments

  1. Failure reminds us that we need to depend on Him. God loves to turn our weaknesses into His strengths!

    Post a Reply
    • So true Julie! Isn’t his strength the best?! I love who I am becoming as I rest in his strength and not mine.

      Post a Reply
  2. Thank you for sharing! My job is getting me down and I was allowing it to bring lots of negative thoughts. I have surrendered it to God. He will open the doors I am sure. Oopsland I live there for now but putting the FOR SALE sign out!

    Post a Reply
    • Yes Amy – so glad we can both release our negative thoughts about our work lives!

      Post a Reply
  3. Reading here reminds me of what has been confirmed to me over and over the last week or so: God does not need perfect people with perfect abilities to work in His kingdom. He can use us just as we are, with all our failures and weaknesses, provided we are willing to follow where He leads.

    Post a Reply
    • Amen Amanda! So glad God is showing that to your heart. It really relieves a lot of stress to know that. So glad God is teaching me the exact same thing. Blessings to you!

      Post a Reply
  4. I love this. I live in Oopsland also. My retired pastor once told me a good Christian isn’t measured by the falls but by how many times they get up. So true I had to realize I wont ever be perfect this side of Heaven, that all I have to do is trust in God and give Him everything I have and He will do the rest. 2 Corinthians 12:9 say And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

    Post a Reply
    • So good Laina! Love that verse. Thanks for stopping by and sharing. :)

      Post a Reply
  5. “As I surrendered…He has delivered.” Amen to that!! Earlier this year I was job hunting and just couldn’t find anything. Then one day, a moment of clarity and surrender, as I stood in front of the bathroom mirror, I gave my job search up to Him. I was offered a job later that day;) God is so amazing.

    Post a Reply
    • Such a great story Kelly! I love how he works :)

      Post a Reply
  6. I love when you said, “As I surrendered….He has delivered.” So many times I limit God because I’m trying to do everyone on my own instead of allow Him to work through me. To live a life surrendered in every area…oh, what amazing things God could do! Thanks for sharing today, Billie! Hugs!

    Post a Reply
    • Thanks Shelly for taking the time to read and reply ~ always blesses me! Hugs.

      Post a Reply
  7. How amazing our God is to teach us through failure, even when we try to remain in Perfect Isle Syndrome! I so needed to read this tonight! Thank you for sharing your heart!

    Post a Reply
    • Agreed Heather – too often we try to remain in Perfect Isle and God still continues to reach us!

      Post a Reply
  8. Your blog made me remember that God asks for total surrender not perfection. He asks for availability to be used by Him and He would equip. I think of how many times I limit God using me out of fear but in letting go, in surrender how God blesses . Thanks for sharing.
    Marilyn (OBS Group Leader)

    Post a Reply
    • Thanks Marilyn! I love how he equips in his timing as well. :)

      Post a Reply
  9. How often do I fail God by not totally surrendering out of fear or the” what if’s ” or not measuring up to others. However God only asks for my availability to be used not for doing it perfectly right. He will use me when I step out of His way. Thanks for sharing, Billie , great post and encouragement .
    Marilyn (OBS Group Leader )

    Post a Reply
  10. Wonderfully freeing, this is!! (Sorry, didn’t mean to sound like Yoda there…) As a fellow recovering perfectionist, I can say that it’s so fantastic to see you embracing growth vs. perfection! God can do amazing things when we fully rely on Him! (And we must do that from an ‘imperfect’ state!!)

    Post a Reply
    • I love yoda-isms! Thanks Steph. I am becoming more and more comfortable in my imperfect state.

      Post a Reply

Comments welcome here in Oopsland!