In the name of Jesus Christ, who was never in a hurry, we pray, O God, that You will slow us down, for we know that we live too fast. With all of eternity before us, make us take time to live.
So many of you are waiting for someone to call your number and approve you before you jump out, roll out the red carpet, open the door, and give you a platform. I did this for years and all it did was create frustration in me and resentment that no one was seeing what I carried. All the while God was simply asking me to trust His approval and begin to step out daily.
Part of your spiritual journey is shedding other people’s expectations about what your spiritual journey should look like. And shedding your own too, by the way. I am not you. You are not me. We started at different times and places. We will end at different times and places. Our journeys are just that…ours. I’m not sure that many if any of us should be trusted, but I sure do trust the author and finisher. Seek…and you will find. Not because you’re doing it right, but because God plans to be found…in ways and at times that are unique and specific to you. No need to compare with your neighbor. No good in judging your neighbor either. We’re all in different places on our own unique path. It’s not supposed to look the same.
There are no shortcuts to holiness. There is no easy way to conquer the flesh. Christian character is a matter of growth, not of secrets or formulas. Growth takes time. It also takes the discipline of prayer, of study, of heart searching, of sensitivity to the Holy Spirit’s pleading, and of consistent obedience. It must always begin with a renewed thankfulness for the never-ending grace of God, and a sense of being set free repeatedly to a life of holiness.