Do you remember seeing cartoons where one character did not want to do something and began to cling to doorways and anything else close by? The other character had a fight on his hands to get the job done. A lack of cooperation and motivation made the task so much harder.
Have you ever noticed how hard it is to do something that you don’t want to do? I find that even a simple task becomes overwhelming if I don’t meet it with the right attitude.
You may have heard me say in the past that God never asks me to do anything that’s easy. That’s probably not entirely accurate, but He does ask me to do some challenging things. Sometimes, the most challenging part is my attitude about it!
You may have heard me say in the past that writing is not something that I would have chosen for myself. God put that little jewel on my plate.
Guess what? I’m working on a new book, and I have really gotten excited about it. I’m not sure when I’ll finish, but it’s going to be a goodie! The deadline that I had set for myself may come and go, but it’ll be worth the wait!
What has made the difference in my attitude?
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
First, I have embraced the fact that God gave it to me to do. It’s mine. I claim the task because He asked me to do it, and I want to hear, “Well done good and faithful servant.”
Second, I have found an aspect of this task that I really love! The research, the tweaking of the choice of content, and the design of the book are things that I do enjoy. I’m designing the cover from an image that showed up in my head one day, and won’t go away. I feel led to create it, and use it. I am going to savor every moment of putting this book together like a good cup of coffee!
Think about Peter for a moment.
And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.
Peter may not have always thought things through. If he had, he may not have been able to walk on water! Instead, Peter let his faith fuel his passion, and he went on to do what no one else could!
Let your faith fuel your passion for what the Lord has asked you to do!
Today’s challenge is to take that task that God has asked you to do and realize that He gave it to you and you alone. Realize that there is a reason that He has you doing it and not someone else. Embrace the challenge and look for something about it to love. Then, do it passionately for Jesus!