It’s so easy to start something. A diet, exercise routine, DIY and home improvement projects can all seem exciting at first. The vision of the end result inspires us. We talk about it on Facebook and post pictures of the first steps. We see some progress and dig in deeper, only to run into a roadblock or hit a plateau, and then the excitement begins to wane. We become focused on how hard the thing actually is and how much work there’s left to do. Negativity creeps in, and what started as a passion becomes a point of frustration.
And we give up.
When I really began studying the Bible in 2007, I remember coming across the book of Nehemiah and actually being surprised by how captivated I was by this OT story. Nehemiah was a Jew living in Babylon and the king of Persia’s cupbearer. He got word that Jerusalem’s once magestic and fortified city wall was in ruins, and it crushed his heart. Nehemiah felt compelled to do something about it. God gave him favor with the Persian king, who not only allowed Nehemiah to leave his post to fix the wall, but also gave him the resources to do it. Construction began, and Nehemiah led the people with laser focus. He did not allow negative distractions to set him off course, and he regularly gave thanks to God for what they were accomplishing. And in the end, Nehemiah accomplished all he set out to do. What I love about this story is that God placed the desire in Nehemiah’s heart, and then equipped him to do it. It wasn’t easy, enemies came against him, but Nehemiah remained focused on the task while trusting in God.
I also told them about the gracious hand of my God on me and what the king had said to me. They replied, “Let us start rebuilding.” So they began this good work. Nehemiah 2:18
I have struggled with finishing things for most of my life. Since 1999, I dabbled with writing an idea I had for a Christian movie about redemption and restoration. Before faith-based films were being made and before I made the decision to live my life for Jesus Christ, I wanted to write a movie about it. In the summer of 2014 and seemingly out of the blue, I felt compelled to begin writing it. Even though I worked professionally as a writer, I had no idea how to write a screenplay. So I did a little research, got the software, and dug in. In the year that followed, I encountered writer’s block, tough critiques, confusion and frustration. Regularly I wrote with toddlers on my lap. But I fully believe what God calls us to do He equips us to do.
A year later I finished it. Ninety-nine pages of my heart and soul in full-length screenplay form. When I sent it off for the first time, I remember thinking; I have given it everything I have. I poured my whole self in it. It’s in God’s hands.
I can see the movie playout on the big screen. I can feel how the story of restoration and redemption will touch people and draw them closer to God. I have yet to see the ultimate fruition of what will come of it, but I cannot underscore the fulfillment I got from actually accomplishing something I had dreamed of for so long.
If God has put something on your heart, pursue it! Don’t forget to read the Bible along the way because it will strengthen you on your journey. And remember, what He has called you to do, He will equip you to do. Don’t give up – the end will be worth it!
Now may the God of peace… equip you with everything
good for doing His will, and may He work in us what is pleasing to Him…