Have you every felt discouraged.
(Really Joy… Last time you started your blog by asking me if I was crazy and now this…)
If your anything like me, you are a planner. You like to set goals, you like to surround yourself with people that motivate you, and you want to make a difference with your life. But when things don’t go as planned or things are not happening fast enough, you get really bummed out.
Please don’t tell me I’m alone in this…. That would be very sad…
The truth is that we’ve all faced moments like this where we feel like we aren’t reaching our set goals.
We start to tear ourselves down, get discouraged, or even give up completely.
To be honest, this is how I’ve felt within the last few weeks.
I’ve been feeling like I “haven’t arrived yet”, not going fast enough, haven’t accomplished this goal yet, don’t have this certification yet or that certification… and so on.
Truthfully, it’s quite exhausting just thinking about all you want to accomplish.
God has possibly called you to do things that seem completely out of your reach. And quite frankly they are going to be.
A life of following Jesus means that he will call you to things you thought you could never do, things that are impossible to do on your own to ultimately give God praise in the end.
But the in-between time is what can often be frustrating.
I was listening to a broadcast by Christine Caine this week on faithfulness that really encouraged me to push forward.
If you don’t know who Christine is, she is the founder of A21 a global anti human trafficking organization. You can find out more about her movement here. http://www.a21.org
She said that God isn’t looking for people who have great skill who can be “one hit wonders” but people who will be faithful and endure till the end.
And they have no root in themselves, but endure for a while; then, when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately they fall away.
Mark 4:17 (ESV)
That evening at my church, we got to hear several talks from various missionaries who are serving around the world. Some were from the Middle East, Philippines, Africa, India, and so on. One theme that they all had in common was that they all talked about being faithful to serve others. I was moved to tears when I heard the story of one of the medical missionaries that had given a pair of glasses to a woman who was loosing her site. She was living in a community where women were not treated with much respect. When she came to the clinic she mentioned that not many things in life made her happy but there was only one thing in life that brought her joy. She pulled out a beautiful tapestry that she had been working on. She then told the missionary that she had carried this around with her in hopes that she could see well enough again to finish her art work. The missionary then gave her a pair of glasses that instantly gave her clear vision. She began to cry… When he asked her what was wrong she told him that she had no money to pay for the glasses.
You guys…. I completely lost it….
The missionary then told her that he would never ask her for money for the one thing that brought her joy. She was so thankful for the missionary and the medical team.
When he finished his story he said that this was one of the most defining moments of his life. To him it was a small act to give the woman the glasses. In fact, the glasses did not even cost him $20. But he said it was then that he realized that life is about the journey. Although its crucial to set goals, it is just as important to live in each of the moments on the way there.
Please don’t get me wrong, laziness is not an excuse to say you’re “living in the moment”. Laziness will not allow you to see those important moments in the first place. If you have been doing the same old things in the last 5 years the exact same way every time and have seen no progress….you have not moved forward even one inch… I mean absolutely none… it is possibly time to re-evaluate. That is no longer following a dream or working towards a goal. It would just be pure complacency.
Scripture tells us to RUN with patience.
…and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith… Hebrews 12:1-2 (KJV)
It’s kind of an oxymoron but when applied to life it makes perfect sense.
Run, sprint, charge forward like there’s no tomorrow, pour out all your blood sweat and tears, move so powerfully that your out of breath, but don’t be frustrated when the scenery doesn’t change as fast as you hoped it would.
Keep going, don’t look back and NEVER give up!!!