And our enemies said, ‘They will not know or see anything before we come upon them and kill them and stop the work.’ --Nehemiah 4:11
There are always those who want to sabotage our efforts. Sometimes it is because our work is a threat to their own. Sometimes it is because competition is racing as quickly through them as a racecar flies around the oval track. Sometimes it is because our work has somehow exposed a seed of indolence that softly and surely beats too close to the surface in their lives. And, sometimes, it has nothing to do with us or our work at all but is simply an internal and personal issue that is hidden from our sight.
The great danger to us of these saboteurs is not that they will accomplish their plans to thwart our actions. The great danger is that we believe they will. The belief that they will undermine, diminish, unravel, or halt our work moves our attention and intention from the creative process before us and places it in the fog of someone else’s agenda. Our work suffers. We suffer. Surprisingly the very thing we are trying to avoid actually begins to happen. Our work is undermined, diminished, unraveled, even stopped – not because of the success of our saboteurs, but because we took our focus away from that which claimed our heart and energy.
When the nay-sayers stand menacingly close, it might be a surprise to them and to us to find that we simply keep them in the periphery. While they are held at bay, we continue to bring forth from the stores of our gifts the energy and enthusiasm that can infuse our work with the success that shapes the world as surely as a potter shapes clay.
O God, give me the single-mindedness that is born of clarity and resolve.
These meditations by Renee Miller first appeared at explorefaith.org
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