Sunday, October 24, 2010

Have I already hit the “wall”? I just could not think of anything inspirational to write today. That’s when it dawned on me; don’t make this difficult, just write what comes to mind.

Everybody has hit the “wall”. Whether you are writing a blog or writing a term paper or writing your resume, all of a sudden – boom – you are brain dead. It happens in all other areas of our lives too.

We need to find the right outfit for a special event and just can’t look at the clothes in the store anymore. Nothing fits or it’s too expensive or now we will have to buy a bunch of accessories because we don’t have anything to go with this dress. We hit the “wall” and decide we just will make do with what we have at home. Or worse yet, we decide we will just not go to this event.

We are cleaning a closet or the basement or the garage. There is just no place to put all this stuff. We already have a pile of things to go to Goodwill and another pile for the landfill, but there is still too much to put away and organize. We just can’t finish, we take a break, and leave it all for another time.

Is it OK to just leave it? To just forget it, to give up? Shouldn’t we persevere and get the task done, no matter what it is, no matter how long it takes and how frustrated we get?

So what does the Bible say? You’ve probably heard the verse about “finish the race and don’t give up”, but there is a lot more.

Ecclesiastes 2:20 reminds us that we are not alone in feeling this way. “That's when I called it quits, gave up on anything that could be hoped for on this earth.” (The Message)

2 Corinthians 8:10 says: “So here's what I think: The best thing you can do right now is to finish what you started last year and not let those good intentions grow stale. Your heart's been in the right place all along. You've got what it takes to finish it up, so go to it. Once the commitment is clear, you do what you can, not what you can't." (The Message).

But this is the passage that grabbed me.

"By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done." Genesis 2:1-3 (New International Version)

God created our whole entire beautiful intricate world in six days, and then he rested. Maybe I should dive in and get my work done, so that I can relax and enjoy the rest of my day.

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