Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. The Great Commission in Matthew 28: 19-20 NIV
One of the first times I walked into the church across the street, I was handed a pencil and told I’d need it even though I had a pen to take notes. Before my pastor began to preach, he asked everyone to hold up our pencils and rub the end of it. He said, “Now, when you’re asked to do something, you can’t say ‘I haven’t felt led’ because you have.”
Get it? We felt lead.
It’s been years since I studied Experiencing God: Knowing and Doing the Will of God, but I still remember the impression one part made on how I thought about living my purpose. The author wrote something like this, “Instead of doing whatever you want to do, look at where God is already working in your life and do more of that.”
These songs made an impression too. A church friend made shirts from the lyrics.
The first shirt she made was based on Anne Wilson’s song “My Jesus.” My friend printed “Let me tell ‘bout my Jesus” and put His name in glitter.
The lyrics of Cain’s song “The Commission” tell us to go tell the world about Him. On those shirts, she put a cross beside, “Go tell the world about Me.”
I appreciate a good book study. And I’m happy to step out my front door in my Jesus t-shirts.
At the end of every day, though, I want to have done something that brings people, as well as me, closer to Him.
I often mention living our purpose. I remember how vague that challenge sounded to me at one time and how easy it was to dismiss. I thought God wanted me to write a book. Being unclear about the topic and how to do it gave me excuses to keep on trying hard with easier things.
It crossed my mind to blog regularly until the book idea solidified, but I didn’t – one of the many examples when I felt led, but gave into laziness. If I couldn’t write a book, why bother with a blog? As it turns out, blogging four days a week is the only discipline I’ve stuck with to finally finish the book I talked about for a decade.
Even if we’re not sure of the calling on our lives or how to get started or how we’ll get there, most of us have a hunch what to do next.
In This Together,
FYI: I’m blogging my book titled On The Other Side of Trying Hard: Healing, Happiness, and Holiness. Because the blog posts will eventually be an entire manuscript instead of stand-alone stories, some posts may leave you hanging. I hope you’ll hang in here with us anyway ‘cause a happy ending is coming. Each blog post title includes the chapter title first. The phrase in parentheses is one subheading within the chapter. I’d love to hear your reflections, questions, and suggestions. I’m over-the-top grateful you’re here.