Have you ever believed in something so strongly, so passionately, you wanted the entire world to know about it?
I told my wife, Michelle, “You know – when you have a cause you strongly believe in, you want to get the word out to the masses. But, when it does begin to get out to the masses it is somewhat terrifying.”
I recently wrote a blog about suicide and the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why. Apparently, it struck a chord with the public because, in a week’s time, it was viewed just under 200,000 times in over 150 countries. In addition, two local TV stations ran stories on it. You can view those stories here, and here.
As the blog I wrote spread I have been forced to continually fight off fear and insecurity. I’ve lost count of how many people from all over the U.S. – and close to home – have contacted me to talk about their own painful journeys. The more people who contacted me, the more I thought to myself, “Am I really equipped to help these people?? I don’t even have my own screwed-up life figured out – how in the world am I supposed to help them?” The responsibility of “owning the mission” God assigns to a person is sobering – even discouraging, because we tend to feel so inadequate – just like a man in the Bible named Moses.
I’ve thought a lot about Moses – a deeply flawed “failure” who, after a royal and privileged upbringing, had been consigned to herding goats. For 40 years. In relative isolation.
Then, one day God shows up and gives Moses an assignment that Moses clearly believes is beyond his skill set. As God informs Moses he is to return to Egypt and face Pharaoh, Moses is, like I have been recently, somewhat terrified. Five times Moses tells God, in essence, “You’ve got the wrong guy!” (You can read the story in the biblical book of Exodus, chapters 3-4.)
As I consider my own insecurities and inadequacies, I return to Moses and his own “burning bush experience.” And I remember what God, in essence, told him: “This is not your mission – it’s mine. And, because it’s mine, I will see it through. I will give you courage. I will speak through you. I will protect you. I’ve got you. Will it, at times, be scary? Of course. But, never forget: the battle is the Lord’s. And I’ve never lost a battle. Now go.”
Last thing: when I think about Moses, my mind is always drawn to a quote by author/pastor, Chuck Swindoll, who wrote,
“For his first 40 years, Moses thought he was somebody. For his next 40 years, Moses thought he was nobody. And for his final 40 years, Moses discovered what God can do with a nobody.”
Use me, Lord. Please.
“When I am afraid, I will trust in you.” (Psalm 56:3)
Soli Deo Gloria, Nick