I lost my permission slip.

ImageRemember those little slips of paper you used to cram in your backpack and painstakingly smooth out for your parents to sign just to you could go with your classmates to the skating rink? Someone needed to sign off so that you could do something you wanted to do.

How often do we go through our lives waiting for permission from the people around us to do the things we really want to do? I know I spent years waiting for something that has yet to happen. My life was on hold. I was in limbo – afraid to take a giant leap and do what I really wanted to do because someone may or may not agree with me. When I finally took that step, it wasn’t even of my own choice. It was more of a shove from behind from my parents (and I was long past the age that my parents should have had to be pushing me, but I am so grateful that they did). Now I have a diploma in a field of study that I love. Only that’s not the end of it.

A fancy piece of paper a gold seal, my name and a few unreadable signatures does not a new life make. There are still many areas in which I need to lose that permission slip and stop waiting for the approval of the people around me to do what needs to be done to get where I need to be. I need to stop worrying that I might have the same idea as someone else and if I do it, too, I’ll look like I’m a copycat, that my ideas aren’t good enough, that my skills and knowledge aren’t up to par. I need to start believing in the One who gave me my ideas, skills and the ability to learn.

You answer us in amazing ways, God our Savior ~ Psalm 65:5

It’s time that we all give up those old, wrinkled permissions slips and stop waiting for the people around us to qualify us to do what we already know God has called us to and allow Him to answer is in amazing ways.

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