People kept coming to Jesus from one town after another; and when a great crowd gathered, Jesus told this parable: “Once there was a man who went out to sow grain. As he scattered the seed in the field, some of it fell along the path, where it was stepped on, and the birds ate it up. Some of it fell on rocky ground, and when the plants sprouted, they dried up because the soil had no moisture. Some of the seed fell among thorn bushes, which grew up with the plants and choked them
Luke 8:4-7 GW
As we look at the lives of others and what they’re doing, we can feel small. Sometime we see the effects of the impact of the lives of others, and we think our own lives won’t measure up, so we don’t even try. Isn’t that what we are often afraid of? We can let all the “what ifs” keep us from having the impact God wants us to have.
Our job is not to hold out for the perfect setting, the right timing for an opportunity that cannot fail.
If we wait for the big thing, we’ll never step out in faith. We have to step out in faith and exercise our gifts.
We have to try something, to follow the leading of the Lord the best we can, engage our gifts and leave the results to God.
In 1888, at 44 years of age, Maria Woodworth-Etter had suffered great loss. Four of her five children died before they reached seven years of age. She was married to a man who was a real problem. He hindered her call from God. During the Civil War he’d been stuck in the head and suffered serious brain damage. He was never right.
She was uneducated and received the Jesus as her Lord and Savior at 12 years old. She saw a vision of a field of grain. In her vision the grain heads all fell over. Her pastor didn’t know what the vision meant. She asked if she could preach. In the 1890s people came from all around to hear her minister. She made herself available and God began to bless her ministry.
Keep throwing seeds. Not all seeds grow, but they can’t grow if you keep them in a bucket or barn. Crows are not encouraging birds. They’ll eat your seeds or scatter it, often to places where it won’t grow well.
My experience has been three out of four things probably won’t work that well. How do I know that? Jesus said it was so. The fear of risk and failure keeps more of us on the sidelines than anything I can think of. When you have a vision or desire in your heart, people will step on it. God uses that. Many successful leaders had someone crush their dreams, and it motivated them.
Expect challenges! Try some things.
Nancy Jones lived alone in a small town in Kansas. She was known as the oldest person in town. Nobody knew her. The Editor of the town newspaper had a tough time writing her obituary. The editor handed the assignment off to the sports guy who wrote:
Here lies the bones of old lady Jones.
For her life held no terrors.
She lived an old maid .
She died an old maid.
No hits, no runs, no errors.
We won’t make mistakes if we don’t do anything, but we won’t make an impact either.
 Luke 8:4-7 GWT