Have you ever started a project that you didn’t finish? (my hands are raised – yep, both of them)
In the seventh grade I started knitting a square that would cover a styrofoam ball. You attach 8 braids to it and you have an octopus. Anybody remember those? Well, I still have the square piece with knitting needles attached and no styrofoam ball to make my octopus. (I really do still have it – unfinished) That’s just one of the many projects I started but didn’t finish. (I won’t bore you with that list)
There are unimportant little things in life that we start and stop. But then there are things that we start and if we stop them… it’s a real tragedy. Things like… pursuing what God’s called you to do.
I know God has called you to do something. I think you know it too. And for some (many) this is the scenario….
We have a revelation of what God wants us to do. A million ideas flood our minds. We make plans. We dream dreams. We see a great future. Many people come to Christ. Days pass and our revelation of purpose fades into the background and once again we are left with an unfinished octopus.
Galatians 5:7 says, “You were running the race so well. Who has held you back from following the truth?”
One of the truths of God’s Word is that He has a plan for your life. “I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
So, who is holding you back from following that plan. Because the truth is… God has a plan and He has given you everything you need to fulfill it. So. Who is it? Who is holding you back? You could answer a variety of people but really, honestly, it all comes down to only one person. You. (sorry to be so blunt)
It is true that we are our own worst enemy. We lose focus. We get distracted. We grow cold. We get tired. And on and on… (this is experience talking)
But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Do you know why I never finished the octopus? It wasn’t important to me. I had no desire to finish the octopus. Finishing the octopus wasn’t worth my time. (even as a 7th grader)
There are times when I get distracted, overwhelmed and tired while fulfilling my calling. But I keep going and I will never quit. I will finish the race God has chosen for me to run. I don’t pretend that I will do it perfectly. (I’m far too human, sad to say) But I will do it.
I will do it because it’s important to me. You will do it because it’s important to you, too. You will get back in the race, carry out your calling, pursue your purpsoe and never quit because it matters.
When you get tired, remind yourself why it matters. When you get distracted, remind yourself what’s at stake. When you’re overwhelmed, shift your focus back to the call. Don’t forget the call. Don’t lose sight of your passion and your desire to be right smack-dab in the middle of God’s will for your life. It matters! You matter! Your calling matters!
So come on. Get back in the race. You can’t win if you don’t run. And the prize is too great to not go for it. The consequences are too dire to sit on the sidelines. You don’t want life to pass you by. Regret is a terrible companion that you don’t want to live with.
God really does have a great plan for you. I want so badly for you to realize you can break down every barrier that is holding you back. Even if that barrier is you. Keep going. Don’t quit. And live in the truth of God’s call. It’s worth it.
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