While others are doubting … Believe.
While others are playing … Plan.
While others are sleeping … Study.
While others are delaying … Decide.
While others are daydreaming … Prepare.
While others are procrastinating … Begin.
While others are wishing … Work.
While others are talking … Listen.
While others are pouting … Smile.
While are others are criticizing … Commend.
While others are quitting … Persist.
Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think,
according to the power that works in us. (Ephesians 3:20)
At times we feel as if we could impress God with all we are trying to do for
Him and His church. Yet God has yet to be impressed with even the most
grandiose human aspirations (Ps. 8:3-4). You will never set a goal so big or
attempt a task so significant that God does not have something far greater that
He could do in and through your life.
Saul of Tarsus worked harder than anyone else to
impress God with his efforts, only to discover that his greatest achievements
were but rubbish compared to God’s will for his life (Phil. 3:7-8). Our problem
is that we become too easily enamored with our own plans. If we are attempting
to do noble or difficult things, we assume that we must be experiencing the
maximum potential for our lives and that God must, therefore, be pleased with
Until we have heard from God, we cannot even imagine
all that our lives could become or all that God could accomplish through us. We
need to remind ourselves that the Father sees the “big picture,” that His power
far exceeds our limited imagination. We must
set aside our own agenda, however lofty. We must never become satisfied with
our own dreams, for they are finite at best.
When we follow God’s direction we will witness
things happening in our lives that can only be explained by His powerful
presence. How could we be satisfied with anything less?