Doing What You Want = Fail

By imjohnnykelley, June 24, 2011

My life has changed so drastically in the last 3 years. 3 years ago I was a youth pastor in Miami Florida. I loved my job, and it was what I thought I would do for many years. Around that time, God started speaking to me about taking Bike For The Light national. That is the ministry I started by riding a bicycle cross country and speaking to people about God’s heart for missions and how we need to make a difference. It was a very cool notion, but not really what I wanted to do. I wanted to be a cool youth pastor, get married, and have kids. You know, the normal stuff.
But there was a moment in my life where I sat back and realized what I wanted wasn’t important anymore. I remember the day I called my father and told him that I was quitting my job and was going to bicycle cross country with the message God gave me. It was one of those moments in life that seemed small at the time, but I can now recall every little nuance of that moment. It was the moment that (maybe for the first time in my life) I truly decided to ignore myself and do the opposite simply because that is what God was asking. Within a couple of months I had a garage sale and sold most everything I owned. Moved back into my parents house at the age of 27, and began planning the first Bike For The Light Tour.
There are countless stories about what has happened since that time. Way too many to get into on this blog. But what I want to tell you is this. Ignoring myself and doing what God wanted was the best thing I have ever done. Not only have I been able to speak to tons of people across the country, but since that day God has fulfilled many of the desires that I had before I decided to take on this journey. I met and married the most beautiful woman in the world. We have a great house near our families. And now we are expecting our first child at the end of this year. It is amazing how God can take your desires full circle if you are willing to do what He says and wait on His timing. I still travel and speak some, but there are even new and great things on the horizon for me in ministry. I will be letting you know some of the things that will be happening in the coming months. The truth is, I have never been so excited to live life everyday.
You see, this simple blog has a simple point. If I had ignored God’s call on my life, I would probably still be a youth pastor. I would still be making a difference in the kingdom. But I would have never met Sarah. I wouldn’t turning into a father. Thousands would have never heard the message that I know God wanted me to share. Im sure I would be happy somewhere right now, ignorant of what I had passed up. But if we say we trust and believe and have faith in God, then why would we ever ignore the calls he sends our way. You may think that His plan doesn’t seem to be the smartest plan, but what great things are you passing up when you decide you are smarter than God? The plain and simple fact is when you do what you want and ignore Gods call…..you fail. Don’t fail.
I am not going to get into details about everything from that time till now. I am working on my first book right now, and it will give all the juicy details. Please be praying for me as I try and wrap up all the writing and publishing details. Love you guys so much.
peace – love – recycle

One Comment

  1. Laura Watts says:

    Johnny, in tears as I read this. I have had this same experience recently and you have expressed it so beautifully. Congratulations on your baby and on marrying the most beautiful woman in the world! Isn’t it amazing when God opens the eyes of hearts so that He can do “exceedingly abundantly more than we could ask or imagine?” Following you on Twitter. Hope you’ll follow me @ncbeachgirl75 and my blog http://www.lauraoutoftheblue.wordpress.com. Bless you! Just the beginning! Laura

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