I have been reading some in the book of Nehemiah from the Bible lately (it is a kind of Biblical version of a Seth Godin book). It is a great historical account of an amazing leadership and architectural feat. In it, Nehemiah sets out to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. This adventure is met with considerable, violent opposition.
One of the common themes is, Nehemiah’s enemies are constantly trying to distract him from finishing his task. When his enemies can't defeat him they decide to use diplomacy and ask him to meet them at the local Starbucks.... "Come, let us meet together in one of the villages on the plain of Ono."...ok not Starbucks but you get the idea. Finally, in chapter 6, verses 2-3 he responds. Here’s what he says:
“But they intended to do me harm. And I sent messengers to them, saying, ‘I am doing a great work and I cannot come down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and come down to you?’”
I want to submit to you that you are doing a great work! The challenge right now is to think that you are not, to think that because you are not a minister or a missionary or currently packing your bags for Africa that you are not doing a great thing, but you are. If you are kind to someone today and show them the love of God, you are doing a great work. If you have the chance to serve someone today or give them life because of your words, you are doing a great work. If you have the opportunity to be light in a dark world or salt in a world that needs it, you are doing a great work.
There will be attractive and even good opportunities that attempt to distract you from the great things you are called to do. In addition to the good things people are also going to throw rocks at you. The critics will come.....that’s OK. Don’t come down to their level.
Don’t stop creating your art, music, writing your book, building your business, changing lives, impacting culture.