do you care who made the first tent? how about the first flute? you should, and here's why...
have you ever thought about the fact that when you have an idea, a dream, or even a passion - and you don't pursue it - you may be impacting a lot more people than just yourself?
tucked away in the early pages of scripture, in context of lineage, some dudes are named with some seemingly random facts beside their names.
"Jabal, the father of those that dwell in tents..."
"Jubal, the father of those who play the pipe..."
"Tubal-cain, the forger of all cutting instruments of bronze or iron..."
admittedly easy to read through that without even stopping, especially since its in the middle of "X was the son of X, and he had a son named X, who had a son named X, who had a son named X, etc, etc."
but i am guessing that before Jabal made the first tent, everyone slept out in the open or under trees. trees can only protect you so well from the elements. so the "simple idea" to make a tent was, at that time, pretty cutting edge. can you imagine it... one day Jabal is chilling in his new digs, enjoying the shade, the cool, the calm... and everyone else is like "what! i gotta get one of those!"
if you think about it, Jabal's tent was the first step towards what you and i live in today.
how about Jubal? the first to create/play a musical instrument? are you kidding me? so the unique and incredible way that only music can speak to our souls - all started with Jubal? praise God for Jubal.
then there is Tubal-cain. the first to make "cutting instruments of iron or bronze". i am taking some liberty to assume that included weapons. at that time it must have been pretty hard to kill a deer to eat, or protect yourself from a bear in the woods. (remember, they didn't even have homes or "tents" to go into!) so maybe Tubal-cain decided to finally create something to better his odds. an invention that no doubt changed life for everyone from that moment on.
what is my point?
i am just wondering how many ideas we all have that we don't see through... and how many people are affected forever by our inaction.
maybe we're not all steve jobs. but its not just "inventions" that i am talking about.
what are you good at? what passions do you have? how about simple things that you have been "considering doing" for quite some time, and have yet to do?
have you ever considered that by not doing it, others may never receive the benefits or blessings that your doing it could produce? i think its cool to look at real things that have happened around you and imagine the what ifs...
"if he/she/they had never have done X, then X may not have ever happened... ...which means X, and X, and X may not have ever happened..."
know what i mean? maybe this example is "cliche", but how about the one man who shared Jesus Christ with billy graham? could he have known that millions would hear about jesus because of that?
maybe its as simple as reaching out to that person in need. or inviting those people over that have been on your heart. starting that ministry effort that you've been thinking about. giving to that cause. taking that step. deciding to throw some caution to the wind, trust God, and just go for it.
we don't live in individual bubbles. our actions, and lack of actions, greatly impact other people even though we cannot see it or predict it.
we can be sure that Jabal, Jubal, and Tubal-cain had no idea how huge of an impact their actions would have on the rest of us. they are examples for all of us to not let opportunities pass us by.