The Task at Hand

I’m embarking on a rather large project for the month of April. As a head’s up, I will only be writing blog posts on Mondays so I can mostly focus on one thing.

What do you do when a task is at hand? This project has been on my mind for about three months and I’m about to bite the bullet and finally dive in. It seems timely to remind myself and hopefully encourage you, that resistance is normal. Some of the thoughts I struggle to resist include:

1. I’m Unprepared – there about a thousand more books to read, people to interview, things to learn. Shouldn’t I do all of that first?

2. I’m Unqualified – shouldn’t I go get a seminary degree first, and maybe live a few more years? My voice is still a little young.

3. It’s Unnecessary – so many people have already gone where I plan to follow. What I want to do is probably redundant.

And yet . . .

It’s not about me and it’s not about being original. It is about growing, learning, being stretched. It’s about another opportunity to trust. I know I’ve quoted these words here before, but they always encourage me:

And what there is to conquer
By strength and submission, has already been discovered
Once or twice, or several times, by men whom one cannot hope
To emulate—but there is no competition—
There is only the fight to recover what has been lost
And found and lost again and again: and now, under conditions
That seem unpropitious. But perhaps neither gain nor loss.
For us, there is only the trying. The rest is not our business.

– T.S. Eliot, East Coker V

Do you have a task at hand?

2 thoughts on “The Task at Hand

  1. What is your project…or is it a secret?

  2. I love your thoughts. How I relate to you mental processes!

    I have recently been reading “Desiring God” by John Piper. It has rekindled a desire to do everything for the joy of following God – for simply the delight in the work itself. This is truly to delight ourselves in the Lord – giving each moment in our ‘calling’ all of our joyouse and devoted energy just because we love Him. Then it doesn’t matter if we are prepared or qualified because loving Him IS necessary! I find that my fear of looking pretentious or egotistical gets in the way. But it is in His service – so it truly is none of my business.
    So … go for it with all your heart!!!

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