“No matter how great the talent or efforts, some things just take time. You can’t produce a baby in one month by getting nine women pregnant.”
– Warren Buffet
The thing about living your dream is that you have to work at it.
Doing life God’s way doesn’t write off the effort you need to put in. Neither does grace. If anything, it amplifies the necessity of daily action.
The Bible speaks of times and seasons and there being a time for everything under the sun. It matters what season you’re in because knowing where you are on the journey will accurately inform your expectations.
If you’re in a season of sowing, you know to have your seed in hand and prepare your land.
If you’re in a season of harvest, you know to celebrate the accomplishments but not get carried away with excitement because there is still work to get done. Harvest is still work that needs to be sustained.
If you’re in between, you know to keep at, to keep going. Because whatever God has begun in you, through you, He will be faithful to bring it full circle to completion.
I’m learning how to show up every day for my life.
Show up when it’s easy and it feels like I can take on the world.
Show up when it’s hard and I wonder why on earth I’m doing this again.
Show up when it’s the ordinary and mundane – the everyday normal that has no significant highs or lows – it just is.
“Sometimes my very best is only my weakest yes.
You see strength in every moment.
Baby steps and short breaths.
Anything is progress.
You sustain my every moment. “ – Steffany Gretzinger (Oxygen)
I’m learning how to find joy in the small wins. Because it’s the small wins that add up to the big ones.
That first sign of germination of a new project.
The first sign of fruit, of life.
The job well and faithfully done.
The discipline in the everyday that makes it worthwhile.
We often forget that joy too requires stewardship. If we don’t care for it, encourage it to thrive in our lives, it will be a fleeting wind that blows in and out of us. Never quite finding a home among us.
I’m learning to remember the why. Why I do this. Why I am here. Why this matters. Why I matter. When you take away the highs and lows, the why is what’s left. The why is what keeps you going.
“The secret to overnight success is daily progress.”
– Kelvin Karomo
I’m learning to acknowledge and celebrate every step not just every achievement. Our world obsesses over the big stuff. But it’s the small everyday stuff that gets you to the big stuff. The big stuff is just a huge pile of small everyday stuff that finally broke through the surface and can now be seen by others.
I’m learning to embrace that in this planting season more will go into the ground than will come out of it.
It is the way of nature.
It is the way of life.
Even in the kingdom.
There is a time to sow.
And there will be a time to reap.
Just not now.
Until then, I sow and tend. I water and prune. I laugh and grow as I go.
And I find beauty in all my days.
For He is beautiful in all His ways.
Hope is putting faith to work when doubting would be easier.