Saturday thought…

Saturday thought…

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 19:10 The Testimony of Jesus…
    One understanding of the testimony of Jesus is that he will return as the radiant King; and he will bring peace and righteousness to this earth when he establishes his kingdom and reigns from Jerusalem. 
  • Revelation 19:9 Invited
    The Church as a whole will be invited to the wedding as a corporate being but we will also be invited as individuals, by virtue of our personal salvation that we have received.For many of us who are not usually invited to high-society events and who are often left out and behind, this comes as a blessing indeed!
  • Revelation 19:7 Eager Anticipation
    In the same way, we are called to look forward to the day when we meet with Christ Jesus, on the day that he returns in power and glory. He is our blessed hope and our lives lived here on earth should be directed towards this coming moment. 
  • Revelation 19:7 A Wedding!
    I pray that we will live out our salvation with fear and trembling, and walk closely with our Lord, that we might walk with confidence and reassurance, knowing that we will be warmly welcomed and honoured as a guest, wearing the white robes of righteousness. 
  • Revelation 19:6 Hollering With Joy
    This side of glory, we pass through victories and defeats, as we march faithfully on. But even the most stoic and conservative amongst us might be forgiven here for ‘hollerin and a hooterin’ around the yard and throwing his hat up wildly in the air!
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