It's 11 pm on tax day and with fingers crossed, hope, and a prayer, I just submitted my taxes. Contrary to my usual throwing spaghetti and figuring things out as I go mentality, I prepared for my taxes and have spent weeks working on it. I have been completing my taxes since I was 21 years old, but this year, several obstacles and new tax forms held me till the last minute. Over the last several weeks my confidence in my ability wavered and I found myself in moments of doubt with the pressure mounting. As I triple-checked my work for the 10th time, I found myself recounting that dreaded finance class I took earlier this year. I have recounted that class many times over the past month as I put my accountant hat on. Whoever said education was a waste or you won't use anything you learn, clearly never had to file business taxes. It was in my recounting that I caught a significant gap in my work, a gap that once fixed, made me look like a rockstar accountant.
This entire experience has me recalling the time not too long ago when God called me to start Heartstance. At the time, I had no clue how to start a website or publish anything online, but I learned and built a website I love. Then God called me to create a magazine, and again, I learned and created something beautiful. He called me to run Heartstance as a business, so I learned how to do that too. Over the years, God has called me to unknown land, and rather than cowering in "I don't know how", God has asked me to rise and reign over every challenge. Taxes might not quite be the walls of Jericho, but tonight, I felt the victory of taking new territory, I can now add accountant to my resume.
Sometimes, we think we need to fight giants, lions, or armies to be a conqueror or to reign. We think God needs us to fight some huge battle to be used by Him. When maybe, you just need to reign over your dishes, laundry, tasks for the day, or like me, your taxes. This is what God calls us to, He calls us to overcome, He calls us to reign. He calls us to get off our mats, pick up our bed, and walk. Then He calls us to take authority over what He has placed in front of us. You do not need to do it perfectly and it might take you 10 times to figure it out, but He has called you to keep pressing at it until those walls come crashing down. What's your giant this week? What wall do you need to knock down? God has called you to reign over it.