lessons I’m relearning: celebrate “small” victories

I’m wired to think big vision and strategic steps.  I often think forward, contemplating what might be the next mountain to climb or battle to fight.  In the process of thinking about the big picture, I can often miss the seemingly small yet eternally significant victories along the way- especially when I’m facing external challenges, struggling with internal discouragement, or things are moving slow.

One practice I learned from a fellow pastor and mentor, is beginning leadership and/or discipleship meeting with God stories.  The premise is fairly simple:

  • God is always at work.
  • I need to recognize where and how’s He’s working
  • He often wants me to join Him in His activity.
  • SO always ask this question: How do you see God at work?

It’s also healthy to incorporate this into my personal time with God and actually thank Him for how I see Him working in my life, in others’ lives, and in the world around me.  As I learn to celebrate even the seemingly small victories, I see the following happen:

  • I’m reminded God is at work in the present.
  • My heart is reoriented around worshiping Him.
  • This directly impacts the hope I pass on to others.
  • I’m more motivated to continue pursuing the vision God has placed in my heart and mind.

My Father is always working, and so am I.

Jesus, John 5:17

 

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One thought on “lessons I’m relearning: celebrate “small” victories

  1. I don’t know how like I can type to you because I fell flat on my left side of my body and have bruise from the top of my head to my knees and feet.

    I am getting stronger with each new day. But enough about me because I am able to walk and talk and write emails. It just takes a matter of time to get all better again.
    I am leaving with my youngest son Paul David and his wife Mikie Daugherty in a renter home in Waxahachie, Texas. We were in the place at the Blue Lake Villas but my husband Patrick passed away on November 11, 2014.

    On of my variety verses in the Bible is Philippians 4:13. I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.

    Dianne

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