“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10 NIV
Someone recently told me that I should find out the “why” behind my goals and determine if that “why” is a strong enough motivation to follow through with them. This advice came at a time when I was feeling a bit lost and discouraged. I had been putting off a lot of things regarding my writing because things hadn’t been going the way I had hoped. I was starting to lose my passion and become weary. I kept thinking and praying about the advice given to me and I realized that I had lost sight of the “why” behind my writing.
My writing was never supposed to be just a fun hobby. It wasn’t a means to become rich and famous. It wasn’t supposed to be about me at all. Writing was supposed to be a way for me to bring encouragement to the broken-hearted. It was a way to let the lost know that God loves them and that they are never lost to Him. My writing was and always will be meant to glorify God.
I wonder how much farther along I would be if I had treated God’s calling for me with the same seriousness and passion as He does. How many people would I have helped by now if I was diligent in my obedience to Him? It’s not easy to admit when I have missed the mark but I had to do it in order for me to get back on track. Thank God for His mercy. We should never lose sight of our purpose. God has given us all so many gifts and talents. They’re not just for our benefit but for the benefit of others.
“Do not neglect your gift.” 1 Timothy 4:14 NIV
“Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” Luke 5:5 NIV
You’ve been working so long and hard to fulfill the dream God has placed inside of you. In spite of all your efforts, you still have nothing to show for it. You’re not getting any younger and you see everyone else doing what they love. It’s frustrating and heartbreaking. Maybe, it’s time to give up and let go of that crazy dream. You’ve decided to pull your nets out of the water and head back home to mediocrity, but then you hear a voice say, “go out farther into the deeper waters and let down your nets for a catch.”
You recognize the voice. It’s a voice you’ve heard all your life. It’s a voice you’ve come to trust. It’s a voice that always seems to encourage you to do something impossible.
“Seriously,” you say. “Lord, look, I’ve been at this forever with nothing to show for it. I’m tired. I’m hurt. I just want to go home and feel sorry for myself but nevertheless, I’ll do what you say.”
Even though it doesn’t make sense and you’ve never seen it done this way before, you obey and go deeper. When you let down your nets, you’re amazed by the abundance of blessings filling your net. It’s too much to contain so you have to call over your family friends to help reel them in.
That’s what happens when we let down our nets of pride and fear. When we move out of the way and let God have His way, the miraculous happens. The blessings even spill out into the lives of the people around us. We can’t do the impossible on our own but with God nothing is impossible.
“Then Jesus said to Simon, ‘Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.'” Luke 5:10 NIV