Melvyn Tan
December 3, 2013 — By tanmelvyn@gmail.com

Do Not Bring Your Greatest Work To The Grave

[blockquote source=”1 John 3:23 (NLT)“]And this is his commandment: We must believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as he commanded us.[/blockquote] Planning Ahead It is the time of the year again. To kick-start the planning sessions in preparation for the next lap. This next lap is going to […]

[blockquote source=”1 John 3:23 (NLT)“]And this is his commandment: We must believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as he commanded us.[/blockquote]

Planning Ahead
It is the time of the year again. To kick-start the planning sessions in preparation for the next lap. This next lap is going to be taking me to a whole new level of greatness, where I will be sharing the message with the whole world.

The Message
The message that I’ve been working on in the last few months is this: Create an Engaged Life  – Learn, Live, and Lead by focusing on Jesus everyday.

That’s it! That’s the message that has been in my head for a long while. At first, I had this sense that God is calling me to do His work. My initial response was that I do not know what does that look like and what does it entail? I thought I had to figure out what I am to do, then go about doing it. Then it struck me that I’ve got it all wrong. It’s not about searching for that elusive purpose in life then start pursuing it.

Do Not Bring Your Greatest Work to the Grave
That idea of “find out who what our purpose is and then work at it” is a lie. If you read Steven Pressfield‘s War of Art, in the chapter “Authentic Self” Pressfield wrote:”Our job in this lifetime is not to shape ourselves into some ideal we imagine we ought to be, but to find out who we already are and become it.“What’s troubling is that some of us spend our lives “finding out who we should be”, rather than “finding out who we already are”. We may end up searching for that ideal job, ideal mate, ideal situation that will enable us to be truly who we are. And so we waste our time doing mediocre work thinking “if only I am in that ideal job, I’d would be able to unleash my creative talent to produce great work”.With that attitude, we waste the opportunities that are available in the current circumstances, as we are blinded because of misguided focus.And so the antidote to that would be this as quoted in his earlier chapter

[blockquote source=”W. H. Murray, The Scottish Himalayan Expedition”]Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, magic, and power in it. Begin it now.[/blockquote]

In other words, do not bring your greatest work to the grave. Choose to start now. Choose to Die Empty, as suggested by Todd Henry.

Believe – It’s More Than An Intention, It’s an Action
The central idea to the message is that every Christian should first and foremost believe in Jesus Christ. However believing doesn’t only meant simply saying that I believe in Christ. In fact, many people believe in Jesus, even non-believers. So what does it mean to believe in Jesus? To believe means to pattern your life after Christ’s. And if we live like Christ then it would mean that we will “love one another” (John 13:34). [Credit: The One Year Bible Companion]

Call to Action
Brothers and sisters, if you’d like to help me spread the Message, please drop me an email at poem [at] tanmelvyn [dot] com and I will keep you updated on the series of events that will be revealed in the coming weeks.  Thank you and God bless you.

Prayer
Father, please forgive me for I have sinned.  In the days going forward, I want to believe in Jesus and will commit my faith everyday by focusing on Jesus in learning the truth, living the truth, and leading others to do the same. I pray all these in Jesus name, Amen.