In my personal Bible reading, I took a break from the Ownit365.com reading plan for a few months and decided to dive into the Gospels - reading each one very slowly and methodically. I finished the Gospel of Mark yesterday and today I started Luke. I couldn't get past the first couple of verses without the Lord speaking to my heart.
Here's what I have read hundreds of times, but this time it really struck me:
"Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word. Therefore, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, it seemed good also to me to write an orderly account for you..."
I'm so glad Luke didn't use the excuse that many of us do: "It's already been written about, the world doesn't need ANOTHER account of the life of Jesus!" "What more can I add?" "What use will it be?" "I'm just a doctor. I'm not a writer!"
These excuses for launching out and making your work known rattle in all of our brains. Trust me, as I spent two years writing the manuscript for Divine Disturbance, almost every morning when my fingers hit the keyboard I had to fight the little voice inside my head that said, "Good books have already been written on the life of Nehemiah, the world doesn't need another one!" But, I had to "take every thought captive and make it obedient to Christ" (2 Corinthians 10:5).
And so do you.
What is that THING that the Lord has placed on your heart to do? Start? Lead? Re-start?
Maybe, just maybe, you have been listening to the voice in your head for too long saying, "what impact can you really have?" "It's already being done, by someone else who has their act together...don't try."
Well, I'm glad that Luke didn't listen to that voice. In fact, he said, "Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us...but my version is going to be more detailed, better, more precise, and is going to last forever!" (Well, maybe he didn't say that but you get the idea).
Take a lesson from Luke and don't let the fact that others are doing it or have done it to deter you from what God has placed on your heart to do. Don't you dare die while the music (or book, or project, or ministry) is still in you.
You can't live by faith if you don't live by faith.
Breathe. Step out. Pray. Change the world.