What makes you nervous? What seems to defeat you? What situations are you regularly in where you feel completely inadequate for the task? What do you feel “called to” that you don’t think you can do? These are the questions running through my mind.
A little background…After completing my Rapid Bible Read Thru each year, I spend a month or two going back through the notes I took. There are always insights, questions, events, and people that stand out to me. This year was no different.
I recently completed that process and there’s one “note” that keeps coming back to me. It’s about Moses. Not Moses’s entire story. Not even most of it.
One little part. His starting point. You know…the one about the burning bush. (Check out Exodus 3-4 if you need a refresher.)
During this encounter, Moses asks three questions followed by two statements:
- Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and that I should bring the Israelites out of Egypt? (Ex. 3:11)
- If I go to the Israelites and say to them, “The God of your fathers has sent me to you,” and they ask me, “What is his name?” what should I tell them? (Ex. 3:13)
- What if they won’t believe me and will not obey me but say, “The Lord did not appear to you”? (Ex. 4:1)
- Please, Lord, I have never been eloquent—either in the past or recently or since you have been speaking to your servant—because my mouth and my tongue are sluggish. (Ex. 4:10)
- Please, Lord, send someone else. (Ex. 4:13)
Each time Moses opens his mouth he makes a different excuse. (The reason I’m thinking about this so much is that I make the same excuses.)
I am not the right person.
There’s always someone more qualified, right? He’s better. She’s more talented. He’s done this before. She’s the one they want.
I love this quote by Theodore Roosevelt:
Comparison is the thief of joy.”
Frequently, comparison is also the thief of taking the first step. [Read more…] about Who Are You Looking At?