I've been in a writing rut recently. This usually happens to me when I get overly busy with all the other elements of my life, and this season certainly qualifies. I realized on Sunday as I was teaching about burying gifts and refusing to use them, that in this area I was probably as guilty as anybody. So I spent 10 minutes in a little writing exercise that I thought would be my blog for this week.
And then I accidentally deleted it.
And then I had a little fit.
And then I realized that maybe the writing exercise wasn't what I was supposed to blog. Maybe instead I was supposed to blog what I learned about while I was writing. So here's what I learned when I finished the statement, "If I could, I would…"
Stop making excuses. Stop telling yourself that you're too busy, or too tired, or too stressed, or too frustrated, or too burdened to do whatever it is that you know God is asking you to do. Stop quitting when it gets difficult. Stop walking away from difficult conversations and from the people you need to have those conversations with. Stop selling yourself short, and stop telling God that he can't do anything with the gifts and talents he gave you.
And then go. Go spend some time alone with God and let his word shape your heart more than your fears or the faces of the people you imagine are going to criticize you when you step into God's purpose for your life. Go write, go spend time with the neighbor who needs your presence, go tell your spouse that you've been wrong and need forgiveness. Go and be the person God is sending into the world to represent Jesus to your neighborhood, your school, your workplace.
Stop and Go.