Preparation Time

Exodus 23:29-30 But I won’t do all this in the first year, because the land would become poor, and wild animals would be everywhere. Instead, I will force out your enemies little by little and give your nation time to grow strong enough to take over the land (CEV).

 

 

Waiting is not easy.

When you see a light at the end of the tunnel, and it looks like things are going to turn around… but the light keeps getting pushed further back, it’s easy to get frustrated. The verse above hit me like a ton of bricks today. The Israelites were heading to the Promised Land… a trip that should have taken just a couple of days from where they started the journey, but it ended up taking 40 years. There were many reasons for this, but like the verses above suggest, there needed to be a preparation time.  The land had to be prepared. The Israelites had to be prepared. The enemies had to be prepared.

There were many factors working behind the scenes that led to the when the right time was for the Israelites to get to their new home.

I see this to be so true in my own story.

I want change to happen now.

I want to see projects finished now.

I want to get to the next level now.

Little by little I see how God is working to make sure things line up just so. That if I had gotten everything I wanted when I wanted it that I wouldn’t be ready, and it wouldn’t be right. There are lessons I’ve needed to learn and still need to learn. Preparation is key to success. Being faithful in the small things and learning along the way will lead to bigger things.

If you are feeling like you have been stuck in the waiting room, I want to encourage you. There are things happening on the other side of the door that are getting ready for you. Don’t just sit around reading the same magazines over and over. See what you can do during this time to be productive, grow, and be ready when that door opens up.

Change of Perspective

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I have to admit, lately I have been really discouraged by the church. My social media feeds have been bombarded with stories of how Christians are doing things wrong, and fighting to get “your voice” to be the “right” one. It has been exhausting.

Several weeks ago, I grabbed “Misfits Welcome.” I had no expectations for this book. I respect Matthew Barnett and what he has done with The Dream Center. Little did I realize how with each turn of the page, my heart expanded a bit more. Again, I became hopeful about what the church can do when the focus is on meeting the needs we see around us. When we care more about meeting someone exactly where they are at instead of trying to fix them to be what we want them to be.

Reading stories about “misfits” was a shot of new life for me. Stories of girls being taken Christmas shopping for the first time, a couple getting a hot dog cart to feed the homeless on the beach, or taking a group of kids to the movies struck a cord with me. We need to be on the lookout to see how we can each be difference makers. It doesn’t even have to be a huge thing. There are small, everyday things in my toolbox that I can use that would mean the world to another person. You never know where the small acts of obedience can lead you. What doors can open up as you say “yes.”

There are times I get discouraged being surrounded by people that have huge dreams and are doing crazy big things. I can get caught up in the comparison game. I’m learning though that any time I look beyond myself to meet the needs of someone else, I too am a world changer and am making a difference. We all just need to be obedient to use the resources, and talents that we have.

Just by having an outward focus, this world can be changed and as Christians we can have a Church that is doing it right!

 

You can grab your copy of Misfits Welcome here.