I could have expected it to go by so quickly, for all months seem to be in a hurry. But I don’t think I was prepared to dive into something wholeheartedly and then for it to seemingly end so abruptly. I was caught off guard by a friend last night who reminded me that this would officially be the last post of Nonstop November.
But here’s the deal: I love this. Nonstop November has become the catalyst propelling my heart and mind to actually enjoy writing. It’s just a clever name for something that I believe God wanted to birth in me. The seed was already there, it just needed the right combination of soil and water. I didn’t fully know that when I started, I just went for it.
When we commit to something, believing it’s from God, or at least having an internal sense of desire and calling towards it, hoping that it will in some way draw us closer to Him and help others do the same, it’s worth the early mornings and the changing of priorities. It’s worth doing it in the midst of our fears and anxieties, low self-esteem and doubts. God will meet us there, and possibly produce something we could have never anticipated.
God honors commitment, because in the very least it shows Him that we take both Him and ourselves seriously enough to do what it takes to believe Him and to believe in what He’s doing inside of us. Both need more of our commitment.
If you have joined me on this wonderful journey, congratulations, you’ve made it! You did it! You can scream and shout and dance, because you kicked November in the face and did what your fears said you couldn’t.
If you missed the mark on what you hoped for, so what? What did you lose? Nothing. You went for it. And guess what? God is smiling at you, loving you, and proud of you, just like a parent is to her child when she’s trying to walk but stumbles every now and again.
We may be learning to walk for a while, and it may take longer than we’d like, but we’ll get it eventually, and God will be cheering us on all the way.
Nonstop November has been good to me, and for it I am thankful. Today may be its last breath, but it’s not dead. The spirit of Nonstop November will carry on. The seed has just begun to grow in my heart, and I plan to tend it. Maybe it will turn into Don’t Stop December or Do December, or any other “D” alliteration that sounds clever, anything but Don’t Do Anything December because that’s the opposite of fun.
Either way, what I thought was a simple challenge to myself has become an exciting and rewarding endeavor, a breath of fresh air and new life. I’ve written about a lot of things, and I hope they have been inspiring, challenging, and encouraging to you. I hope through these words I’ve sparked a desire in you to be more fully alive, not just live.
It’s a process, becoming fully alive. I’m in it, too. Let’s embrace it together, and allow God to do things we could only dream of.