I read the book of Ezra this morning.
Sure there are a lot of people mentioned in all sorts of lists... but don't let that scare you away.
The first few verses really sets the stage:
In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, in order to fulfill the word of the LORD spoken by Jeremiah, the LORD moved the heart of Cyrus king of Persia to make a proclamation throughout his realm and to put it in writing:
"This is what Cyrus king of Persia says:
" 'The LORD, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth and he has appointed me to build a temple for him at Jerusalem in Judah. Anyone of his people among you—may his God be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem in Judah and build the temple of the LORD, the God of Israel, the God who is in Jerusalem. And the people of any place where survivors may now be living are to provide him with silver and gold, with goods and livestock, and with freewill offerings for the temple of God in Jerusalem.' "
Ezra 1:1 – 4
This is a book of hope... of God's faithfulness... of men and women coming back to God.
When was the last time you told someone about God's goodness and grace?
You know... today is a perfectly good day to do that very thing.