When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon in Judges 6, he called him a “Mighty Warrior.”

At the time, Gideon was far from a mighty warrior, in fact he was in hiding from his enemies, but God saw what Gideon could become if he took action towards his calling.

Gideon’s response?

“But how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.”

He chose to define himself, not by how God saw him, but by his own insecurities and perceived limitations.

It’s not an unusual response.

I’ve met many people who knew, or thought they knew, or suspected they that knew, what they were supposed to do with their lives.

They may have felt called.

There may have been an issue that they were passionate about.

Perhaps they felt a sense of purpose.

Or maybe they just knew in their gut that this was what they were meant to be doing.

Then, when it was time to step into their destiny, the excuses started:

“I’m the least of the least!”

“It’s not the right time!”

“I’ll wait until I’m ready!”

“I’m too afraid!”

“I’m not good enough!”

“I’m too comfortable here!”

“I don’t deserve to be successful!”

“I’m not equipped for the task!”

You’re a mighty warrior.

Not because you’ve done anything yet, but because there is something remarkable that you’re meant to be doing with your life.

You can make excuses and bail out, living with regret for the rest of your days.

Or you can step into your destiny and make a difference in the world.

What will it be?

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