Learn It Now or Learn It Later
If God asks you to do something when you are 20 years old and you don't do it then, you will not fully grow in that area until you do it. The doing of God's will is what helps us to learn and grow as spirits in a human world.
How do I know this? Well because I'm entering into the knowledge of this right now even as I write this post. Many years ago, I knew that God had called me to use my writing to praise him, glorify him, and to help others do the same. At the time, I had so many qualms about it. Who would want to read what I have to say? I'm not good enough. I don't have anything to say that someone else hasn't said already. I don't know how to start. And so on.
There have been starts and spurts in my writing for God during those years. But never did I commit myself to it for the long haul. I just didn't really believe I was hearing from God. But oh, I knew. I knew.
And thankfully, God never gave up on me. I am 44 years now as I write this. And I can honestly say that this call to writing has never left my heart. In fact, the not doing of it has utterly left me dry and wandering. And this morning, as I was writing in my morning pages, I felt God say the words I wrote at the start of this post.
Until you do the thing I ask you to do, you will not fully grow in that area to the potential I placed in you.
And he went on.
If you won't take my straight path, I will walk with you on your meandering path and teach you as I can and as you will me to. But the full unveiling of that lesson and the blessings from it will not happen until you do the thing I first laid upon you.
"I am the Lord your God, who teaches you to profit, who leads you by the way you should go. Oh, that you had heeded my commandments! Then your peace would have been like a river, and your righteousness like the waves of the sea." --Isaiah 48: 17-18
But it's not too late, he says. With God, as long as we have breath on this earth, it is not too late! And the same applies to all of us. No matter our age, where we've gone, where we are now, it's not too late. And if we do "the thing" (whatever that might be for each of us), make room for it in our lives somehow, do the work no matter how scrawny you think it is, or how worthless you deem it in comparison to others, if we do "the thing" he asks of us, he will use it. He will make it count. He will make it worthwhile. And we will learn, grow and be blessed.
Jesus, bless these who read.