Did you make some resolutions for 2017? How’re doing on keeping them? It takes some definite commitment to hold onto these resolutions & seem them become reality. Indeed, sometimes we can fall short on our resolutions. But here’s something that can be helpful: celebrate the incremental victories to keep up some momentum & continue making progress!
Consider what David said to Saul in relation to killing Goliath: I killed a bear & I killed a lion, so this giant will be like those vanquished foes! David strung together seemingly smaller victories to encourage himself about conquering Goliath!
Let’s remember to applaud the steps & not just the destination, lest we get discouraged on the journey & quit.
Feel free to pass this along to anyone you know who’s made some resolutions for this year to encourage & applaud each victory, no matter how small it may seem!
I have this mindset that says miracles, resurrection & supernatural living are like an on & off switch, with immediate results. But this morning, I was reading in Ezekial 37 about the valley of dry bones. It became really clear to me that all these bones didn’t go from lifeless to resurrected without going through a process. When you read this chapter, you’ll see that:
sinews were connected.
flesh (muscles) formed on the bones.
skin covered the flesh.
Ezekial was required to prophecy breath / life into these corpses for them to come alive.
If you’re like me, we both have dead areas in our lives that desperately need divine resurrection. Let’s be open to the reality that resurrection can be a process & the Holy Spirit is the breath of life to ignite the culminated process 🙂
Lately my kids & I have been trying some exercise at a climbing wall. We go & put on the harness, the elf-y looking shoes & I’ve even thought of trying some of the chalk stuff. We’ve learned how to strap into the safety rope & we’re enjoying trying to scale different walls. Frankly, I don’t think I’m any good at this sport – my upper body strength is super sad, among many other challenges. But its fun to laugh at myself & try to get better than the last time.
I recently had an interesting chat with the supervisor for the climbing wall. We were talking about listening to God & following His voice. The supervisor guy is really nice & has a great heart. I’m amazed listening to him and hearing how God is directing his steps. Here’s a few take aways from our conversation: following God requires faith, my friend sometimes has a hard time trusting that he’s hearing God. A second take away is that following God isn’t always about the long-term destination. It seems to me that following God is often more about the one step at a time rather than the 5-10 year strategic plan, complete with SWOT analysis [strengths, weaknesses, opportunities & threats]. Like learning about the climbing wall, I have to have confidence / faith in God and take one step / hold at a time 🙂