Posted by: SandreS | April 18, 2010

Do It Yourself

Whatsoever your hand finds to do, do it with your might … (Ecclesiastes 9:10).

Whatsoever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men (Colossians 3:23).

This morning when I walked into the kitchen I noticed the trashcan was running over. I thought, “I need to take a minute and take the trash out.”

While I was struggling to get the tightly filled trash bag out of the can, I also thought to myself, “Why don’t I ever notice that the trash needs carrying out when it is not so full and is less difficult to tie up?”

Then that strange self-righteous feeling that quickly comes over us sometimes, reflected, “Why is it that no one else noticed this trash before it got so full? Why didn’t someone take it out already? Am I the only one noticing this? Doesn’t anyone else take out the trash?”

The basic question that I was having with myself in the kitchen this morning was, “Why doesn’t somebody take the trash out?” Then I realized that I was somebody – and that I was taking the trash out. I was fulfilling my mission in life for that moment in time. Those of us who can see the problems are the ones called to fill the need. It is as simple as that.

Many people find themselves frustrated by what they perceive as a lack of vision and action on the part of others. The real reason they are frustrated is that others do not share their particular vision of what “needs” to be done.

The next time that you ask yourself, “Why isn’t somebody doing something about this?” – realize that you are somebody. Don’t miss that fact. Perhaps our own ability to “see” what needs to be done is our own “calling” to act and do something about it. If you can see the need, and it is on your heart, then do something about it if you can – or at least ask the Lord if He would have you do something about it.

Those with a vision of the problem or need are perhaps the ones whom God has given to fulfill that need. The painter needs to paint. The writer needs to write. The singer needs to sing. The cleaner needs to clean. The cook needs to cook. The comforter needs to comfort. We are all so uniquely designed.

Follow your heart, but be careful. Don’t allow that special person whom God has made you to be, to become the standard in your own mind of what God wants everyone to be. It is easy to try to play the rule of God and pressure others into your mold – into your vision – into your action. It is easy, knowingly or unknowingly, to attempt to force or shame others into your mold. Be who you are and do what you see to do, while allowing others to be who they are and do what they see to do.

This does not mean that you cannot share your passion, for in so doing perhaps you will be used of God to awaken the same passion that is already in another. Maybe you will be an encouragement to them, as they share the same vision that you do. Just know the difference between encouragement and badgering others with your vision of what needs to be done.

Oh yeah – don’t forget to take out the trash.

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr,
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© 2010

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