I have a confession: I’m envious of my friend Carla’s beautiful legs.
They’re everything mine are not: long, tan, and fit. I know Carla’s beautiful legs can partially be attributed to God’s creation.
But there’s something more to those enviable legs: Carla’s commitment to hours of training at the gym and miles logged on the open road, as she commits to being a runner.
So what about you? Ever feel envious? What about in the ministry arena? We know we shouldn’t, but sometimes deep down inside we might have those little twinges. As I see my cohorts’ ministries growing, I celebrate with them as they expand the reach of the Gospel with their writing and speaking. But I’ve also felt twinges of envy at another speaker’s moving message or an author’s best-selling book.
Behind that success, though, just like Carla’s fit and toned legs are a product of hours of sweat I don’t personally witness, the same happens with my ministry friends.
There’s a behind the scenes world I don’t witness.
I don’t witness the times that speaker prepared her talk for several months, only to speak to an audience of ten when she thought it would be 75. Or the times she serves in her local church teaching women’s Bible study, week after week, year after year.
I don’t see the writer tucking her kids into bed, weary from her day, but staying up till midnight to hone her craft. I don’t see the rejection letters hidden in a drawer, producing doubts and discouragement.
So, dear friends, we, too, have to do that behind the scenes work. If we want to be writers, we have to write. If we want to be speakers, we have to speak. Wherever and whenever God gives us a chance.
We do the work.
This phrase “do the work” is found in 1 Chronicles 28:20. David encourages his son Solomon as Solomon is faced with the seemingly insurmountable task of rebuilding the temple:
“’Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the Lord is finished.’”
God is with Solomon, but Solomon must do the work.
Just like us.