Friday, January 29, 2010

Start YOUR engine

When we view a problem, a situation, an issue, as "too big" or "too overwhelming" for our personal effort to make an impact... we end up doing nothing.

We each have something unique to offer in service to our King.  We each in our own way can make an impact... whether small or large.  Too often we underestimate our value, our abilities, our worth,  so that when it comes to the actual doing of a thing... we stop.  We park our cars, turn off our engines and wait... and wonder. 

We wait for a "sign"... for "clear direction"... our burning bush experience. All the while, the Word tells us plainly what is expected of those who follow Jesus.

Sometimes we may know what we have to offer and our only obstacle is that we don't know how to go about the actual work of getting the job done.  So... we watch.

I am so guilty of watching... of waiting... of wondering what my effort could possibly add to a situation.  ~ God forgive me ~

In "A Hole in Our Gospel" (which I highly recommend!) a quote from pastor, Earl Palmer, says it well.  He says, "God can't steer a parked car."  Richard Stearns goes on to add, "If we sit in the parking lot with our engines turned off, just waiting for a voice from the sky, we'll never get anywhere in our quest to solve the world's problems.  We need to at least 'start our engines'."

We can not follow Jesus if we are sitting in a parked car.  "Whoever serves Me must follow Me..."

"We may not be clear on just how God wants to use us.  But that's no excuse for doing nothing."

Let's not sit in the parking lot... let's not watch as specatators... "...let us throw off everything that hinders... and let us run with preserverance the race marked out for us."  Hebrews 12:1

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