When you take a few days off from something you enjoy, something that in a sense feeds you, you feel the pull back to it.
Because you’re hungry.
Because you can feel it’s absence.
I have been feeling that way over the past couple of days. And I need to make a confession.
What was meant to be one day off, turned into four.
I think this happened for two reasons:
1. I’m tired. I needed rest, so I left my computer alone for those days.
2. I was scared.
I needed rest, so that was good. I still need some rest, I think. But, more than that, I was afraid of coming back to write again. I was tired, and I started to hear Fear in my head telling me I had nothing good to say, nothing that’s of worth, nothing that anyone wants to read. I didn’t fully give in to those lies, but I definitely entertained them and allowed them to throw me off.
Each of us feels this. Whether we write or teach or pastor or create any kind of art or do anything that’s worth anything, we feel this Resistance. And the truth is, when we want to do something great that will change a life, maybe even change ours, and especially if it will be done in the name and for the glory of Jesus, we will absolutely encounter Resistance. There is another team on the field that does not want us to win.
Another confession: Although I’m really good at giving out counsel and advice to others, I am sometimes terrible at listening to my own words. So, I’m writing this to myself today.
Lies and fears aren’t worth listening to.
In the face of Fear and Resistance, do it anyway. God is glorified in you.
Write and speak because God has called you to. No other reason.
You are not alone. He is with you.
It’s worth it, and you’ll come alive if you trust Him.
You are loved because you are loved. You cannot earn or lose God’s love.
Ok. I needed that. Maybe you did, too.
Let’s get back to what we enjoy this week, what feeds us. Let’s look Fear and Resistance in the face, and do it anyway. God is glorified when we do, and He’s with us.