If Something is Worth Doing…

deuteronomy-28_12That old adage.  We know it by heart.  If something is worth doing, it’s worth doing well.  What is meant to inspire us toward greatness is the very thing that keeps us from doing anything at all.

Voices cast doubt, and the internal dialog starts as a whisper then increases in volume.  I should learn a bit more before I get started.  Perhaps go back to school.  I need to finish this other project first before trying this new thing.  That idea is crazy, who am I to think I could do that.  There are already a lot of successful people doing this idea.

On and on it goes until the initial inspiration is snuffed out.  Sadly, we never discover what it was we were to truly find through the something that was supposed to be worth doing.

Let me propose a new phrase.  Try this on for size:

If something is worth doing, it’s worth doing… awkwardly, poorly, simply.  In other words, it is worth doing now.

How about that?  How about a new phrase, followed by action.  No time for thinking it through.

When we begin doing something new, we are outside our comfort zone.  The new action feels awkward.  We are not polished.  We may not appear confident.  We may mess up.  We may have to scale back our idea and do things more simply.  Little by little, we’ll gain the experience and the comfort and build from there.  You have to start somewhere.

Guess what?  God is going to meet you where you are, and He will bless your efforts.  In your willingness to start and continue chipping away at it, you are going to discover more about the Lord and how He works things together for your good and for His glory.

Deuteronomy 28:12 says, “The Lord will open the heavens, the storehouse of His bounty, to send rain on your land in season and bless all the work of your hands.”

This little scripture contains four big keys to unlock the blessing of our work.

  1. This is a promise, the Lord will open the heavens. Not perhaps.  Nor is this a contest in which God judges your performance and you may not make the cut.  He will open the storehouse of His bounty.
  2. He will send rain on your land so that your efforts, the seeds you’ve planted, will grow. Be assured that your awkward, poor, and simple efforts will eventually take root and grow.  Continue doing the actions that it takes so that this new thing you endeavoring starts becoming natural.  Eventually, you will become masterful.

Last year, I began taking piano lessons after a 30 year break.  I will unashamedly share that I am not good at it!  I returned to the piano because one day I would like to open a hymnal or any sheet music and play for the pleasure of making music.  As I plunk out my lessons most every day, I hold on to the promise that one day, I will be better.  Heck, I am already better than I was one year ago!

  1. Your breakthrough will happen at the right time, and God knows when is the right time. He will “send rain on your land in season…”.   Because biblical times was also an agricultural era, the Bible is rich with farming and growing analogies.

We have ideas that are like seeds. We put our ideas into practice, sowing the seeds.  We continue caring for our eventual crop by doing all the right activities and improving.  Farmers experience droughts and failed crops, but they continually do the work knowing eventually their crop will yield fruit.  Some years are better than others, and occasionally they yield an amazing bumper crop of goodness.  A bounty!

Friend, God knows the forecast and He knows when your crop will yield fruit.  He knows there will be bumper crop seasons in your business and your life.   Keep doing the work.  Your breakthrough is coming.

  1. We know the blessing of God if we invite it into our lives. Deuteronomy 28 talks of God’s blessing and His cursing, in that order.  He delights in blessing us.  His desire is that we desire to follow Him with wonder, awe, and a child-like trusting faith.  His desire is that we want to bless Him and receive His blessing.  Let’s not be marginal believers of the Word and walk that line of fearing His wrath.  If your faithwalk resembles an attitude of slavery to His rules, invite the Lord to help you step into and remain in the freedom of His love.  He is patiently waiting to delight you with a harvest at the right time.

Entrepreneurial sister, let the Word of God encourage you in your business and every aspect of your life.  Step out into what you believe He is calling you to do!  If it is worth doing, it is worth doing it awkwardly, poorly, and simply.  Do this knowing that He will bless your efforts at the right time.