I think Never is a jinx word. You know one of those words that comes out of someone's mouth to end up happening nonetheless. In my 49 years, I cannot even count all the times I said Never about something only to be experiencing the Never soon after. I have used Never to describe something I would Never do, something that would Never happen to me, or situations I would Never find myself in...most all happened regardless of my Never attitude.
A teenager is great to talk to. They can rattle off all the things that they will Never do, like get married, have children, work in fast food, make mistakes they have seen others make... only to find that life sometimes brings those Nevers into their lives.
A young woman with her first newborn has the childraising plan all figured out, along with all the things that her child will Never do...well most of us moms know how that works out.
The Never list can go on and on.
Even recently my Nevers have come to life...
Several years ago I had numerous people tell me I should try blogging. Blogging? Not me, I would Never blog. I was going to write a book. That was my plan.
I Never thought I would ever sketch or paint. I was going to sew, and be creative sewing. I would Never use paints, pencils, charcoals...not me!
So I give...Never say Never...here I am painting, sketching, blogging, volunteering in ways I Never thought I could, starting a new career I Never imagined possible, and finding joy in life I Never knew existed.
And also posting, on a blog I thought would Never exist, a picture of these cool new paint sticks I got today to do the painting on the sketches I Never thought I would be creating!
So the lesson today is Never say Never and let our God given purpose and passion come to be.