Read: Titus 3:5
There has been a post every week that takes me more time to write than all the others. This week, it’s this one. After spending so much time focused on my book, it’s been a long time since I’ve given my brain the creative space to create something new. As much as I’m glad this is the last year for this particular writing challenge, I’m also grateful for the excuse it gives me to stare at this blank white screen and write something. I told the writers in this group to write, whether it’s trash or treasure…and I’m having to take my own advice on it today.
If it turns into trash, just read that Scripture a bunch of times and ignore this, okay?
There is one line in today’s reading that I can’t stop thinking about. It’s in the Message version, and it says “It was all his doing; we had nothing to do with it.” If ever there was a Scripture to post on near my desk in this season, it would be that one. What a beautiful reminder that all that we have has been a gift. When I find myself striving, craving credit, or chasing recognition, this sentence is what I need to make sure I’m focused on giving God the credit.
It’s all His doing. From the air we breath to the jobs we have, the friendships and the passions – we had nothing to do with it. It’s far easier to invite others into our holy hustle, to say “no” to things that aren’t meant for us, and to work with confidence when we understand that we are never in this alone. Working with others only magnifies the impact we can have in our corner’s of the world – it doesn’t minimize our personal contributions. But we can never get to that point if we’re focused on convincing everyone around us that it’s all our doing.
It certainly takes off the self-made pressure to know he is the One who is our Source. Learning to follow his lead, that’s my desire. He’s a much kinder Boss than I am for myself.