It often feels like things take too long. Here in our part of the world, it seems that everything takes too long. We face delays in everything from A – Z. If you want to get something done, make sure you start in the early morning early in the week and perhaps, if everything happens just right, you might get 1 out of 3 projects done that week. Rather than whine and complain about delays, we have learned to work while waiting, knowing that in the right time, it will get done.
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Building is something we have become familiar with over the years as we’ve worked various projects. We’ve seen churches, schools and feeding centers built. While every building was different, they all had one thing in common: the buildings were only as solid as their foundation.
The answers to our questions are sometimes much simpler than we realize. It might be that the reason our prayers are going unanswered has more to do with our attitudes than anything else. He’s not forcing us to serve Him – He simply wants our hearts to be willing.
One of the most valuable lessons I’ve learned in my lifetime is this: it’s all about who you know. Who you know determines everything. If you know the right people, you can get things done.
Good news is hard to come by, especially these days. It seems that every morning we wake up, there’s another potential/real crisis on the horizon. Worldwide crises have affected all of us these past two years; I’m rarely surprised anymore when I read or see the headlines.
Looking forward to what the year holds can be daunting. Sometimes those feelings arise from perceived failures of past years; goals that weren’t attained attack our minds. Slowly, if we aren’t careful to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, we begin to lose our grip on trusting Him – crushing our hopes and spirits.
Instead of focusing on what we missed or didn’t accomplish in the past year(s), why not focus on what lies ahead?
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There’s a saying, “You have to get out of the forest to see the trees.” It’s hard to see the trees when you’re in the middle of the forest, in the middle of the problems that go over your head. A little perspective can help us keep our peace close to us while we strain to see what is beyond the line of trees.
God will often pick up after us as we muddle through life. Much like my mother, and many of your parents, our Heavenly Father is patient beyond expectation. Yet, there will come a time when even He will require us to pick up the project and finish strong.
The mundane, day-to-day work of getting work done to pay the bills isn’t as exciting as the get-rich-quick schemes that are a dime a dozen on the internet. It seems everywhere you look there’s a new course promising a six-figure income after paying “only” $399.00.
All too often we measure the success of what we do by its size, scope, or visibility. If it's big, it will get noticed. Jesus doesn't measure success the same way that we do; He measures success one person at a time. Not only does Jesus measure success differently than we do, but He also reaches out to people that we would normally overlook.