(fine…”For What Are You Waiting.” Move along grammar snobs.)
- We need to live in the now and enjoy the journey while not being obsessed with the future or outcomes
- Waiting is a spiritual discipline with promised fruits—namely joy and hope
- Do you have enough trust in God to wait?
- Do you have the capacity to wait?
- Waiting is a willingness to listen and be present; to be vulnerable and not wholly in control; to be radically available to God
- Radical Availability:…being open to change and being changed; finding true and perfect joy in the wisdom of hope
It was an awesome day; arguably my best, most profitable, contiguous six-hour investment in a minute.
Fast forward four days… to yesterday. December 5th. My birthday!
Birthdays always evoke reflection—a look back on the last year of your life and a look forward to the coming year. What have you accomplished? What haven’t you accomplished? What would you still like to accomplish? For real-for real this time?
And there you have it: the one-two punch. Two days of reflection, introspection, goal-setting, and mid-course correction.
Now…bringing it all together (and my moment of truth)…
2012 has not represented a banner year for me. Perhaps because my expectations are too high. Perhaps because I’m impatient. Perhaps because I’m a perfectionist. Perhaps because I’m more focused on the outcome than on the process. Perhaps because I’m lacking faith. Perhaps because…I. Am. Human.
Aren’t we all.
2012 may not have been the year you anticipated. Yet, here we are. Weeks away from another new year. Another opportunity to reset. Another opportunity to level-set. Another opportunity to mid-course correct.
And despite all of that, whether you believe it or not, YOU ARE EXACTLY WHERE YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO BE.
If I were to challenge you, I am 100% positive I would find lessons learned, battles won, milestones reached, opportunities granted, and areas of development narrowed. Every day of this-thing-called-life moves us closer to our fullest potential: even if you miss the mark, you have learned a valuable lesson that, if applied properly, will move you closer to your destiny.
Don’t despise the day of small beginnings.
Trust that today has a purpose. Trust that this year had a purpose. Trust that all of the things over which you’ve labored will ladder up to a larger purpose. Trust that if you’re clear on what you’re waiting—and you continue to wait patiently, joyfully, and actively—it will not be in vain.
All things work together for good, my friend.
So wait away.
|Couldn’t resist the adorable kitty. Levity, yes?|