I recently enjoyed a delightful afternoon with girlfriends at the movies watching Hugh Grant and Meryl Streep in “Florence Foster Jenkins”. I won’t spoil the movie for you, I promise. Florence (the movie’s main character) loved music and was a devoted patron of the arts. As much as Florence enjoyed music, she had not been gifted with the ability to sing … at all. Rather than the other characters being honest with Florence, they continually provided ways for her to avoid the ability to know that she couldn’t sing … at all.
It wasn’t until a review was accidentally dropped into Florence’s lap she learned that, indeed, she couldn’t sing. This news landed on her fragile health in such a way that caused her to take immediately to her bed. While pondering the time she had spent performing for people throughout her life juxtaposed with the truth she recently came to know that she couldn’t sing, she uttered the most profound statement: “They can say I can’t sing – but, they can’t say I didn’t sing.”
Let those words sit on you for a moment. What is it in your current calling that you are hearing “can’t”? Is God asking this of you? Have you done it with all your heart? Don’t let a “can’t” keep you from hearing the truth and becoming better and better at your calling. Maybe you can’t write a book, but what if you DID write a blog every day? Maybe you CAN’T lead in a large ministry, but what if you DID lead in your home? What is your CAN’T and what does God want you to do with it? Sometimes the CAN’T is a “NOT NOW” while God refines and develops our calling.
Proverbs 3:5-6 says “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Ask God to straighten the pathways of your calling. Give him your time, talents and skills. Ask him for the courage to stay the course of your development and have joy in the process. Don’t let anyone say “you didn’t”..