“Who am I that I should do this great thing?”

“Who am I that I should do this great thing?”

Think of it this way . . .         

          This, from God: “A sensible person wins admiration.” (Prov. 12:8)

          Because that’s true, wouldn’t it make good sense for me to want to be useful, productive and worthy in ways that are good? Wouldn’t it be all right to want to be recognized as an effective and influential builder of situations and people that will enhance lives in positive ways? We are by nature social creatures, living and working alongside of each other. So, this is going to present certain challenges as well as opportunities.

          As an example of a challenge, how does an introvert accomplish this? Our example is Moses who protested to God, “Who am I to appear before Pharaoh? Who am I to lead the people?” God answered, “I’ll be with you.” If it’s God-approved and helpful; if it’s beneficial and it’s the right thing to do, then we need not hold back. Consider also what God says in James 4:17, “Anyone who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.” With that kind of motivation, even the most timid should be willing to go forth with confidence and determination to accomplish all kinds of worthwhile efforts that are beneficial to more than just one’s self. I don’t know who said this, but it sounds pretty good: “We do not change the world when we whisper, we change it when we roar!”

          This from Georgia O’Keeffe: “To create one’s world in any of the arts takes courage.” That may also apply to the handling of relationships with all kinds of other people. That, too, is part of the challenge. If there are no two of us alike, it’s absolutely daunting to contemplate – especially for an introvert. So, how brave do you feel now? Being a positive influence ought to be fun! Think of it this way:

          “The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.” – Mark Twain

          “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the grave, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.” -Ecclesiastes 9:10

-John D.

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