It is easy to tell other people to “just keep going, keep on trying!” But it’s different when you’re the one that needs to move forward in spite of failure.
Just this week I said to someone, “You should have given two weeks notice before quitting.” Would I have given a two-week notice if placed in the same situation?
There have been times when I could clearly see good things ahead for my children, if they would only have stayed the course. If I expect them to forge ahead at all times, why is it so hard for me to press on in the face of difficulty? Also, what does the Bible say about it?
For the past several months I have been trying to find a way to make $100 a week from home. I would love to be unafraid of the snow for my household, and have everyone clothed in scarlet with my earnings! My youngest child will be 10 in June. Although I still homeschool my three youngest children, I will have a fair bit of free time during summer vacation.
First, I thought about babysitting. Then, my children reminded me that I was not gifted in that area. Next, I thought about selling hand-painted burlap garden flags on ETSY. Then I made the first one. Blah. I did not enjoy making it one bit! The thought of making 50 more made me want to crawl into a hole and never come out.
I began gathering and writing about vintage items about ten days ago. I REALLY like doing it. But is it possible to sell and ship things like dishes? Does anyone besides me even like or want vintage tableware? Can I make $100 per week?
I read an article about a woman on ETSY that paints oil portraits in the center of antique plates. She has one of Pee Wee Herman (Hmmm). She made $225,000 dollars last year. Why can’t I think of (and want to do) something like that? I can’t even paint a simple 12 x 18 burlap flag and like it.
So, I’m left wondering what the Lord wants me to do. The Proverbs 31 Woman was a worker at home. She considered a field, and bought it. She sold her things to the merchants. She must have had a period of discouragement while planting her vineyard or making fine linen, right?
I have always loved the book of Nehemiah. He left his job as cupbearer for the King of Persia to go to Jerusalem and rebuild the walls of the city. He was laughed to scorn, and despised. People will ridicule you when you want to do things God’s way.
Next, he was mocked. Luckily, the people had a mind to work and kept building the wall.
When the wall was nearly finished, his enemies conspired together to fight against Nehemiah and the other builders. The people built the wall with one hand and held their swords in the other. Defense wins championships (the men in my family say this a lot)!
Last of all, Nehemiah’s arch enemy accused him of wanting the Jews to rebel so that he could become their king. Isn’t that just like the enemy, to make our motives for doing God’s work seem selfish and dirty? Finally, the wall was built.
Nehemiah 6:16: And it came to pass, that when all our enemies heard thereof, and all the heathen that were about us saw these things; they were much cast down in their own eyes: for they perceived that this work was wrought of our God.
So what does this true story mean for me, and others trying to “keep on keepin on” in the face of failure?
*Expect to be mocked and ridiculed when you are following the Lord. This is only the first test.
*Don’t be afraid to defend yourself. Nehemiah did.
*Have a mind to work like the people that built the wall.
*Do not be dismayed when your true motives are perverted by your enemies.
*Remember when your “wall” is finished, the people in opposition will be dismayed when they see the work wrought of your God.
Read about Jacob and Esau with this link: Have You Ever Sold Your Birthright for a Bowl of Soup?