Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
She sends me an email.
Or walks up to me at a conference.
Maybe whispers it across the table at lunch.
It starts with something like, “I know I’m called to write or speak or cook or do spreadsheets”—her voice gets lower here—“but what about the days when I’m just not feeling it?”
I nod. Because I know. Oh, how I know.
What I don’t know is how our culture has convinced us that any other skill is okay to practice, but if it’s spiritual or art or both, then you have to feel it every time.
I’m picturing an interviewer asking an elite athlete, “How often do you practice?” And the reply being, “When I feel like it.”
We don’t ever hear that from athletes at that level.
As Aristotle said, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.”
What do you do when you don’t feel it? You do it anyway.
It’s different if you don’t know what God wants you to do. But if you know that words, or food, or corporate work is your thing, then you do it. Over and over again.
That’s stewardship—which really just means taking good care of what you’ve been given and making the most of it.
So if guilt has been chasing you around and yelling in your ear about how you can’t do something unless you really feel it, then it’s time to kick guilt to the curb.
Then do your dream.
Do it today.
Do it tomorrow.
Do it for the rest of your life.
Your God-sized dream is just as much about perspiration as inspiration.(<====Click To Tweet) In the early stages, when we’re filled with enthusiasm and passion, it’s easy to take action. But at some point that will begin to subside or life will get busy or the dog will eat our business plan. And we will begin to think, “Maybe I’ll do something else.”
Yet there is no such thing as a God-sized dream that doesn’t have seasons that are just plain ol’ hard, unglamorous work. When we persevere through those times, we honor God, because that is when we’re dying to ourselves. We’re saying, “I will obey even when all my flesh wants to do is sit in the corner and eat a cookie.” When you choose to be disciplined in the pursuit of your dream, even when you don’t want to, you do a lot to destroy the work of the enemy. And even though it doesn’t feel like it, your faith is probably even stronger than when you have all the warm, fuzzy emotions that we like a lot better.
So keep going, friend.
You’re doing better than you know.
You’re growing more than you realize.
You’re making a difference even if you can’t feel it.
And someday soon, you will.
Shared by: Holley Gerth
p.s. Would you like more encouragement for your God-sized Dreams? Holley’s books You’re Made for a God-sized Dream and Opening the Door to Your God-sized Dream can help!