Ecclesiastes 11:4 (NLT)
Farmers who wait for perfect weather never plant.
If they watch every cloud, they never harvest.
You have a dream. Scared, apprehensive, even doubtful, you go for it. You stretch yourself beyond what you thought you were ever capable of. You run faster. You lift more than you’ve ever lifted. And then you fall short, stopped dead in your tracks; dream unfulfilled. Remember; The greatest good meets with the greatest adversity. Get back up. Step out in faith. Trust God for the details and reach for the goal. Ready, set, go!
Unbearable – not the beatings He took; or the climb to Golgotha; or a nail piercing through His hands; or a spike driven through his ankles; or hanging on a cross in excruciating pain; or mockers taunting and laughing at Him for not calling on all of heaven for a rescue – none of this was unbearable. But my sin that put Him there – this is what broke Him. And now … by His stripes .. I am healed.
The tongue has the power of life and death
Bob sat across the dinner table from me; newspaper covering all but the top of his forehead. He read aloud … “Worship leader wanted. Scottsdale Bible Church, Arizona.” Lowering the paper he said something that I will NEVER EVER forget. “You can do that”. Just one simple phrase launched my worship ministry career of, now, more than 30 years. What we say really DOES have the power to change lives. Affirm someone close to you today.
“For you will go out with joy
And be led forth with peace;
The mountains and the hills will break forth into shouts of joy before you,
And all the trees of the field will clap their hands.
It’s rare that we understand what God’s tomorrow for us looks like. Even when we catch only the fringes of His ways, hear only His small whispers and can’t understand Him, He is the best! And when He seems to have withdrawn from us, He promises that “we will go out with joy and be led forth with peace” Be encouraged today. God is for you and all of creation is shouting: “He is faithful!”
YOU are amazing. YOU are incredibly gifted. YOU are fearfully and wonderfully made. YOU have something unique to offer the people God has placed around you. It isn’t about you, but it IS about YOU giving yourself away so that others are inspired to give themselves away. Hold on to this! Believe in it! Lights up and curtain! The world is your audience. Step out and take a bow. Now … go and make a difference.