I have this tendency of focusing on the tip of the mountain top. I don’t see the top as the place I am walking towards, I begin to wonder why I’m not there yet. What if I can’t get there? What if I misread the map or the trail? What if I run out of daylight? Then I get in a hurry and ignore the beauty of the journey as it begins. I forget that each step I take is necessary for me to get to the “goal.” Moving faster increases the likelihood of a misplaced step, a twisted ankle, a bruised and bloody knee. Focusing on “fast” distracts me from enjoyable details of the people who are walking with me, the people I encounter as I walk and the detailed beauty of all I encounter. That poses another problem.
I begin to spend too much time focusing on the details. Analyzing my steps. Second guessing myself, “Am I really enjoying this? I think I’ll linger here at the stream, spend more time than I really need to looking at these flowers.
I’m easily overwhelmed.
I’m easily distracted.
I overcomplicate things.
That’s what happens when I read the Bible also.
When I read this:
Acts 26:18 (NLT)
to open their eyes, so they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God. Then they will receive forgiveness for their sins and be given a place among God’s people, who are set apart by faith in me.’
I go into overdrive and want to begin developing a nine point strategy for engaging people in my community. I want to organize the troops. Flashbacks of “Onward Christian Soldiers” begin to play through my head…
…But I’m learning.
Big things aren’t very effective if you have an ill trained “army of soldiers.” When there are no skills developed among the saints. When there are no clear priorities. When there are no established leaders equipping people to see how simple movements developed in their lives can make a difference day to day and make huge differences.
Jesus’s instruction to Paul was not instruction to an “Apostle” only. Those were instructions to a disciple who God had chosen for the role of Apostle (CAPITAL A) in His church.
Jesus has chosen me, and you (if you are in the faith disciple relationship with Jesus) to “open their eyes, so they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God. So they will receive forgiveness for their sins and be given a place among God’s people, who are set apart by faith in Jesus.”
This happens over coffee with a friend. This happens with establishing a presence among people in your town at the local restaurant, grocery store or market. Familiarity and enjoying the people God places in your path is how you “train” for the “big thing.”
more to come…War, Soldiers, Guns and People That Don’t Know How To Use Them Running Around The Battlefield.