“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.” – Proverbs 13:12
What are you hoping for in life?
Or a better question would be, “By what measure do you gauge the fulfillment of your hopes and dreams?”
Even as I write early this Monday morning I can hear a chorus of birds singing outside my office window – beautiful and lulling – perfectly in tune. Only there is no choir master, each bird is singing their own song with all of their heart. I can only assume there is no comparison, “Oh no! That bird in the elm sings so much better than me,…perhaps I should stop singing.”
Have you ever used comparison to stop exercising a gift? I have, years ago when I was attempting to formate a lucid sentence and failed,…again, and again,…and again. My hope was to be a writer, and I was looking for instant success, quite unaware I had already achieved my goal. Writers, write. That’s why I couldn’t stay away from the pen and paper,…as this was even before I had a keyboard.
If you write, you are a writer.
If you run, you are a runner.
If you play basketball, you are a basketball player.
If you sing, you are a singer.
If you dance, you are a dancer,….I think you get my drift.
There is joy in discovering and developing your passion, your talents, your purpose. The Lord is not arbitrary. There is a reason why you are wired the way you are wired be it for art, music, sports, carpentry, finances, medicine, teaching,…ect.
However comparison kills motivation.
Success measured by worldly standards is not attainable or sustainable. So many who are successful by the world’s standards are utterly miserable.
Why are the successful so heart sick?
Success doesn’t fulfill their longings,…their hopes,…their dreams.
Tree of life,…i.e. salvation, won on calvary means that your worth has already been decided. YOU are priceless. Your gifts have worth, because you have worth. It’s all a matter of perspective for what you are hoping for, longing for, dreaming for,…is already yours.
What are you waiting for?
If you are a writer, write.
If you are a singer, sing.
If you are a runner, run for the glory of God.
Remember that classic scene in Chariots of Fire?
Eric Liddell, “I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast, and when I run I feel his pleasure.”
“You can glorify God if you peel a potato if you peel it to perfection.” – Rev J.D. Liddell.
Have you peeled any potatoes lately?
“Whatever you do, work at it all all your heart, as for for the Lord, not human masters.” – Colossians 3:23