'Let everyone be sure that he is doing his very best.' Galatians 6:4 TLB
Any stage actor will tell you that one of the trickiest moments in performing is getting the first line out. Will it be loud enough? What if my voice breaks mid-sentence? What if my mind goes completely blank? Once the play gets going, the doubts seem to take care of themselves.
Sometimes our lives can be a bit like that; we get so wrapped up in the nagging doubts that we stop ourselves from starting. We worry about the things that might happen tomorrow, or next week or in ten years' time. James knew this: 'Look here, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town...We will do business there and make a profit." How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog - it's here a little while, then it's gone' (James 4:13-14 NLT).
It might be that God eventually leads you to win an Oscar; it might be that God has plans for you to smuggle Bibles into dangerous locations. But, where are you placed today? What's cooking on the menu now? The easier you find it to get to grips with making the best of what you have now, the easier it will be for you to get to grips with what God asks you to do in the future.
So what now? Wherever you're up to at the moment, push through the doubts of the 'opening lines', work out your best use of time and get on with it. That's initiative!
Soulfood: 2 Ki 7-8 Mt 23:1-14 Ps 27 Pro 7:10-13,