The Dreaded Task, By Richard Massey

I found the task that I had dreaded so,

Was not so difficult when once begun:

It was the dread itself that was the foe,

And dread once conquered means a victory won.

How true is the above statement. The first time brethren asked me to teach a Bible class (it was 5th and 6th graders), I recoiled—grimly dreading even the thought. I guess the elders were hard-pressed for teachers, so my arm was twisted until I finally relented. Once I got started, however, the task became such a joy that I did not want to stop. I even enjoyed decorating the classroom with my own homemade posters. I have been teaching ever since and enjoying every minute.

It is the “getting started” that seems to be the real hurdle. If we can get past that, the rest goes easier. Is there a hurdle between you and attendance to Bible class or attendance on Sunday nights? Is there a hurdle for you in leading a public prayer or inviting your neighbor to church? There are precious benefits that accompany each victory we win over dread. One result is we become a fruitful and stronger Christian. Dread makes us weak and unproductive.

Are there important things that you should be doing, but because of dread you have not accomplished them? Let me encourage you to get past the dread. Look to the Lord for strength (Eph. 6:10-11; Phil. 4:13). Lean on your brethren for support (Gal. 6:2). Remember, it is “not so difficult when once begun.”


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