I did it! Oh, yeah, I did it! I completed the A to Z Challenge!
There’s a party going on right here … a celebration
Cel – e – brate good times! Come on!
Now, I bet, I’ve got you singing. Great! Because the fact is, I am celebrating today and I’d like you to celebrate with me . But, you should know, I’m not celebrating me and my accomplishments. No, I am celebrating what God did for me in the month of April.
You see, I’m 99.9% positive I could never have completed the A to Z Challenge on my own. A quick look at my blogging statistics prior to April 2014 will show some pathetic results. Relatively infrequent posts. Low readership. No goals. Truthfully, I felt as unsuccessful as the statistics already proved.
Whenever I thought about writing, I typically whined,
“Lord, why did you call me to write for You when it is obvious I cannot do it successfully!”
Despite my feelings about my “writing career,” I was eager, enthusiastic and excited when the Holy Spirit prompted me to take the A to Z Challenge. But as the time passed and the beginning of the challenge grew closer, I begin to have second thoughts, doubts replacing my zeal for the task ahead.
How on earth could I post 26 times in one month when I hadn’t posted 26 times total in the previous year? I had five kids to homeschool, meals to cook, errands to run, and laundry to wash. Lots and lots of laundry. Where would I fit in all the writing time? How would I come up with topics for all those letters? What about Q and X?
Then in the quietness of my soul there was a whisper.
I’ve got this. All you have to do is give it to Me.
So I did. Day by day. Post by post.
Several times, I thought I wouldn’t have a thing in the world to write. Every single time, God came through. In the beginning, I believed I didn’t have a chance in the world of seeing this challenge through to the end. Truthfully, I didn’t.
I had something better.
I had the zeal of the Lord of Hosts to help me accomplish what God had called me to do for His glory.
Zeal means great energy, enthusiastic diligence, or passion in pursuit of a cause or object. Many places in the Bible talk about the zeal of the Lord, almost always in references to the zeal of the Lord of Hosts performing a particular feat.
I almost always start off a new project with a lot of energy and enthusiasm, but I often lack the fervor and passion to see it through to completion. In the past, I’ve been scared to step out and do things I know God has called me to do because I fear I cannot accomplish the work.
How wonderful is this thought: I don’t have to! It’s not me. On my own strength and power, I will certainly fall short of success. Rather, it is the zeal of the Lord of Host (God working in me) that will accomplish whatever task He has asked me to do. All I have to do, is be willing to let God work through me.
Z is for Zeal …
God’s zeal, not mine, to do wonderful things through me to bring glory to His great name!
So what is it that God is asking you to do?
Are you willing to let His zeal carry you through in completing your mission impossible?