It’s Not All In The Numbers


Before you close this window thinking it is just another blog about losing weight and it doesn’t apply to you, please stop and read on.

Whether you agree with it or not, numbers are all around us. They describe our friends on Facebook. Followers on twitter, pinterest or instagram. For writers and speakers, numbers encapsulate the dreaded “platform”. Numbers also describe the number of people attending a party you are hosting or Christmas and birthday cards you receive each year. It is all around us, you cannot escape it, but do not let that trip you up because your identity and worth are not tied to any or even all of those numbers and statistics. You see we have been looking at all these numbers, including those on the scale, in all the wrong way.

God, not a number of any kind, defines who we are. Never forget just how much He loves and values you, but don’t just stop where you are because in essence you are limiting God – limiting what He can do in and through your life when you don’t obey.

In my current book proposal, Escape Clause, I examine how we put limits on what God can do in our lives through limiting Him in our prayers. I have seen this and know it to be true. Yet, I didn’t even realize that our obedience, or lack there of, is doing the exact same thing.

You see when we choose to obey God it unleashes the power that it holds. Just like there is no limit to His love; there is no limit to what He can do in our lives. When we choose to obey, we are opening a door for God to reveal Himself. It also gives each one of us the opportunity to get one step closer to fulfilling the calling God has on our lives.

Up to this point, I never really thought of my lack of obedience as limiting God and the calling on my life. This whole idea has put an entirely different spin on things. It has given me a new perspective.

I do not want to limit how God can work in and through my life. I want to be used by Him and therefore, I need to serve and obey where God has me at this point in my life instead of sitting and pouting because it is not how I had it planned out. It is not about you or me – it is all about Him. I need to step out of the way, lay my plans down, give Him a willing and obedient heart and see what He will do.

I no longer want to limit God’s best for my life because of my failure to obey. I’m thanking God for these new “glasses” today to see this all from a different perspective. And I am choosing today to surrender to His will and plan for my life. What about you?

5 thoughts on “It’s Not All In The Numbers

  1. Wow!! This was so good and your comment “I no longer want to limit God’s best for my life because of my failure to obey”, REALLY hit home for me today.

  2. Amazing!! My name is Sara Dillman and I am the small group leader of group 43. Your blog is wonderful!! I love how you began by pointing out all the different shapes that numbers take in our lives. I too am thankful for the new “glasses” that you helped to provide and the perspective it gives me on numbers. Thanks again!

  3. Jamy, I am thanking and praising God right now for your words and all the words from Rachel Wojo’s post which I just read a little while ago. I won’t repeat the whole story which I left in a comment on her post but will say that I am going to “Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise.” Psalm 100:4 When you share about Obedience and shed yet another answer from God to me, I know that His Spirit is filling me with great joy at the possibilities (with Him) when I wake to the new day! God bless!

  4. Oh, my friend. I am getting a very clear picture, reading through these blogs, of just how often I disobey and limit His ability to shine through me into this dark world. The numbers are meaningless, if my heart isn’t understanding Who blesses it all. Thank you for your gentle reminder that we were made for so much more!

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