Da Vinci. Michelangelo. Raphael.
You know you're good when your name is your resume. And when these men created art, people paid attention. I read that Da Vinci was a chronic procrastinator and only a handful of his paintings have survived. But what about the other stuff? His notes and scratch paper. I bet people would pay for those too. They would pay for scraps because men like Da Vinci were creative geniuses. Anything that came from them was a masterpiece.
And to think, those men came from God.
Perhaps the more encouraging thought is that we came from the creator of all things. And unlike Da Vinci, God doesn't procrastinate. He doesn't make scraps. Every person on this Earth is a masterpiece from His hand, created in Christ Jesus to do good works (Eph. 2:10). Remember that today.
Like all men, I have my insecurities. Those creeping thoughts that, if not suppressed, keep me from living for Christ. One of my strongest insecurities has always been my limited knowledge of scripture. I write a Christian blog and I've probably only read a sixth of the Bible. When I got married, Satan used this insecurity against me. "How can you call yourself a spiritual leader? Even I know more scripture than you!" He would clang those words into my ears like crashing cymbals.
But last month, the clanging stopped. With fatherhood looming, and my ongoing responsibilities as spiritual leader, I was motivated to buy an audio Bible. I figured out that I spend roughly five to seven hours per week in my car, and that if I spent that time listening to the Bible, I could read it in less than six months.
I began in Genesis and finished the first few chapters of Joshua today. I have laughed, I've cried, but most of all, I've marveled at God's grace and love for such a stubborn people. How much more stubborn and disobedient am I? Yet he trusts me with his work.
For the husbands and fathers that are reading: it is imperative that we immerse ourselves in God's word. As Moses said in Deuteronomy 6:6-7:
These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up.
What is keeping you from being God's man?