“You Can Accomplish Many Goals.”
This is the entry I came to this morning in the Janice Hanna Thomson devotional I am working with. (From God’s Word to a Woman’s Heart.)
The story she shares in this entry, of a woman named Jeannie who longs to branch out into her own interior design business was so familiar to me that it took my breath.
Jeannie didn’t really put a plan into action, she didn’t open her heart and her hands to the work that God could create within her.
Which could just as easily read “Keri didn’t really put a plan into action, she didn’t open her heart and her hands to the work that God could create within her.”
Jeannie was jealous of the success of other women, and scared that she would fail if she did try, and Jeannie didn’t really have faith in her skills and talents.
Yep… check check and check for Keri.
The chosen verse for this entry in the book is 2 Chronicles, 15:7
“But you take courage! Do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded.”
As soon as I read this entry, it occurred to me that I could probably spend the entirety of 2016 on this one page of the devotional, and perhaps never truly accomplish what it dares of the reader. For someone who has failed as much as I have, I am still terrified of what any new failure would do to me. To be frank, there are probably very few people around who doubt the value of their talents as deeply as I do.
This may be an entry that I spend some time on… standing where I am in my life today, that small piece of scripture seems an almost impossible challenge.