This is the seventh part of the I Am Series.

“All who seek to live apart from me will lose it all. But those who let go of their lives for my sake and surrender it all to me will discover true life!” —Matthew 10:39

The course of my life drastically changed a few years ago when my dream came to an abrupt end.

Basketball was everything to me. Early mornings, late nights, stat sheets, the applause from the crowd. But suddenly, all of that was gone.

Instead of fighting for rebounds, I found myself fighting for my life.

When basketball was stripped away, I realized that I had placed my identity in my talent as a baller. I felt broken and lost. I didn’t know who I was anymore. But this was when God began to show me who I was as His daughter. He had always wanted to show me this, but I had to surrender to His purpose and plan for my life first.

Although it was difficult going through so many trials and challenges, I know that God used them to shape and prepare me for His call on my life. God used what the enemy meant for harm and turned it around for my good.

We are sons and daughters of the King of kings. No matter what you’re going through, God can turn it around to strengthen you, refine your character, and promote you! All of the great heroes in the Bible went through great opposition before they stepped into their true calling.

It was not easy laying down my dream, but, ultimately, God showed me that His dream and call for my life are so much greater than what I had planned. I know it may be hard to believe at times, but God has not forgotten about you. Your life matters! God has placed a great call on your life that all of heaven and the world is waiting on you to RISE into.

Ask God what is keeping you from embracing His call for your life. Surrender it all to Him and begin living your life with divine purpose. Don’t wait, start today!

You are called, so live each day with purpose.

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8 Comments

  1. Praise God for this testimony. I have a bit of a similar story with the ball. Our school was small, but it was when I had already graduated college that I felt so strongly I could still do it. The next day, I had an ACL tear like a big “no” from God in a game of teachers vs. students. God, in His mercy, though it may be difficult, keeps us from things that are not for us so or that may destroy us so we won’t be kept from what He has purposed in and through us.

  2. David Seguin

    Thanks for your testimony how God Honers his word it’s awesome to hear these about how God is Moving John and Lisa have a lot of awesome books I reading Johns book God where are you no matter where your at God is always there God Bless you

  3. Felipe Da Silva Sacramento

    This is a truth that the sooner we learn the better it will be, for our life as a whole, as I would have understood it sooner, but when we give ourselves to the purpose of God it is that we truly feel alive

  4. Tyler Bishop

    That’s amazing Jessica! Praise God!!!

  5. Jess,

    I really connected with your story on a personal level. I’ve enjoyed the I AM series, thanks for sharing.

  6. Thank you so much for sharing your story!!. It’s impacted me in more ways than you can imagine.

  7. Justina Dyck

    Wow, this is so encouraging to read.

  8. What a remarkable story and a beautiful display of the King’s Love. Thank you for sharing your testimony and for your encouragement to cling to the Word of God. His Light shines beautifully through you!

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