Miraculous stories of people who go back to college while living in a rest home do exist but they’re not the norm. Since I’m overwhelmingly average, I doubt I’ll be getting my doctorate anytime soon. It’s not that I don’t believe in a God who can do anything through me–I do. It’s that I’m finally at peace with who I am and choices I’ve made.
Still, I dream.
There are things I want to do. Tiny flashes of experience I pray I am a part of. And, quite a few I’ve had the chance to experience. Which reminded me of what it’s like to be an author. Writing is normal for me. I take notes on scraps of paper, scribble in journals and delight in words written down.
I had no idea how many people want to write a book until I wrote one. Women come up to me all the time and share their passion for putting their heart on the page. They want to leave their mark to encourage those on the road behind them. Some want to leave hope from a voice who has been there and walked a twisted or tragic path. Then there’s others who exercise their creative genius and love the challenge of the craft.
No matter what inspires you, my question is, “What are you doing about it?”
We make excuses all the time, but when we have a little time what do we do with it?
Dancing with the Stars?
We let fear hold us captive and use anything to distract us and sabotage our God given talent.
When Moses led the captives free the Red Sea was a barrier they couldn’t cross. With Pharaoh’s army on their heels I can only imagine the fear of the family’s who huddled together awaiting the moment death would come. But, the priests stepped into the waters with the ark of the covenant.
“Instruct the priests carrying the ark of the covenant, ‘When you reach the bank of the Jordan River, wade into the water.'” Joshua 3:8
As the people cried out for help, the priests stepped into the water.
I’m sure the people watched them with incredible curiosity and even furious anger. But, God was with them and the waters of the Jordan River parted.
Friends, whatever passion that bubbles inside, whatever that thing is that your heart keeps tripping over, allow it to reach a full boil and step out.
Stop fearing and remember who stands with you.