There once was a man who had been stranded on a deserted island for years. Every day of his life was essentially the same. He would arise with the sun and walk down to the beach. Stacked neatly on the sand was wood, tools, nails and plans to build a strong ship to sail to the mainland. The man would run his hand along the material and sigh. His heart longed to build that craft and sail back to his home. However, everyday was the same. He would then turn and climb back to his shack. Along the way he would count the palms and complain about the heat. The remainder of the day would be spent in his shack looking out across the sea and wondering what it would be like to go home.
I have been that man.
Many of you have noticed that I have been absent from my blog and tweets. I have been absent from a great many things. I have for some time looked at all the tools that God has given me to make a difference. To break out from the mediocre life that the enemy wants us to become ensnared in. Along the way I have not picked up those tools and started my task. Daily I have looked at them with longing and dreamed of a better life. However, I keep going back to the shack and sitting in the sand. I have been content to count the palm trees and watch the surf roll in. The reality is that this is not the life I want to live. This is not the life that God wants us to live. The time is now to pick up the tools and get to work on getting off of my island. To return to the mainland and rejoin the life God intended for me.
The time is now for me to wake up and answer the call. God has given us all the tools and materials to live the life he desires us to have. It is in God’s word that we find the plans to build that ship. The choice for me is clear. I am ready to pick up that hammer and get to work. Who will join me?
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all tha I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:19-20)