Just another labourer!
The Christian creative journey has its fair share of potholes and road blocks. When my poor head is full of doubts and fears, then I know I need to put on my labourer’s mind.
Let me explain:
Back in the day, I worked as a general labourer on building sites. The foremen were generally gruff and demanding. If they told you to move a pile of bricks from one end of the site to another, then that is what you did without question, especially if you were hoping to receive your wages at the end of the day.
In recent days I have been drawn towards writing essays on spiritual matters. Like most folk who step out to express themselves creatively, I am often filled with deep anguish, asking myself the usual stock questions such as: ‘am I called to write’; ‘am I good enough to write’, ‘are there not much better writers around than me’, and perhaps most importantly, ‘will anyone ever read anything I write!?’
This anguish can paralyse me, sapping me of any glimmer of self-confidence I might have harboured in my soul and I know that many others are inhibited in the same way.
I find the answer is to remind myself of a ‘labourer’s mind’.
God has asked me to write and I will do so until He tells me otherwise. If He asks me to place my scribblings somewhere where others may read, admire, scoff, ridicule or appreciate them, then so be it. I am, at the end of the day, just a labourer, plying my trade and doing what I am told.
When I approach writing from this point of view then my anguish and inhibitions melt away. I am just a labourer, shoveling words and phrases here and there, doing what I have been told to do, and hoping to receive an honest wage from my Lord on the day that he returns.
Colossians 1:29 ‘To this end I labour, struggling with all his energy, which so powerfully works in me.’
A ‘labourer’s mind’ brings great freedom indeed!
My previous posts:
- Revelation 11 pt 4The different expressions for the same period of time would also show that they are actual measurements of time that are not to be spiritualised into something of our own making. This period of time will actually happen. It will be the final three-and-a-half years before Christ Jesus returns in power and glory!
- Revelation 11 pt 3The building of the Third Temple and the beginning of the daily sacrifice will bring such joy to many of the people of Israel. The treachery of the end-time beast and his desecration of the temple will be the final straw that will weaken the pride of Israel and prepare them in brokenness to receive Christ Jesus as their Messiah when he returns in power and glory.
- Revelation 11 pt 2A Third Temple must be built and the sacrifices and grain offerings to commence, so that the end-time beast can arise, bring a halt to the daily sacrifice and desecrate the temple in order to fulfil prophecies of both Jesus and Daniel.
- Revelation 11 pt 1There has always been a great expectation that a Third Temple will be built although there are clear challenges to hurdle, not least the opposition of other world religions that hold political control over the Temple Mount. Political wrestling goes on regarding the future development of the Temple and the will and expectation grows more acutely with every passing year.
- A Prayer For AfghanistanMay a spirit of praise and worship be lifted up amongst the hearts of Christians in Afghanistan, even though the praise may need to be covert and sung under their breath, may it be joyous and contagious.