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