Have you ever realized that those that take off so fast to try to be the first always end up last?
Let it be with exercise, relationships, career moves, school or even church ministry… You know the end result when you try to rush things you end up depleting all energy and effort.
If you waste all your energy at first you are sure to crash and burn. It doesn’t hurt you to slow down so that you can use a steadier and stronger pace. For there is power in your pace! Not in what everyone else is doing or how they are doing it. But going with YOUR pace. Consistency is critical. Energy makes you effective. Don’t waste it all trying to do it all at once! Or how others have done things.
Find what works best for you! There is something very powerful and effective when you go at your own pace…which makes a huge difference. We suffer the consequences when we rush things.
“So the last will be first, and the first last.
For many are called, but few chosen.”
Matthew 20:16 NKJV
God always seems to do the opposite of how we do things and we we think. For He must be looking down upon us and wondering “Oh there goes my child again….” And so He comes to our aide!
I was in a boot camp session this week and there was a person jumping like crazy during one of the intervals. I was jumping at a slower pace so that I could keep going the full minute. Sure enough, like 10 seconds in they stopped and started to breathe things out! And then they started up again really quick only to stop seconds later. Here I was … jump… down… jump… down… and the full minute was complete! Success!
Why do we drain ourselves so quickly? We are so competitive by nature. We have to learn how much more effective we can be if we are doing the same thing, slightly slower, more consistent and we will come to find that we WON’T quit! Even in the ministry…I have experienced burn out as well and seen it happen to others. Church 5 days a week, sign up for every ministry, work full time, be at every beckon call and then you crash and burn because you just end up exhausting yourself. Where was the time for YOU?
Hmm. Did God call you to do ALL these things?
Where is your pace at? You have your own way of growing. We want everything so fast but as long as we just keep climbing we are going to get there. The bible says we shall run and not be weary AND it also says there is WALKING too so that we won’t faint!
But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.
So either way…set the tone and set the pace for your progress. That is in everything. We have such a horrible habit of being busy at everything. There is a time for everything, just follow that which is fit for you. God will lead you to it and through it.
Just do some ‘thing’ everyday… not every ‘thing’ in everyday. Else, you will end up overwhelmed, exhausted, frustrated and burnt out. Every example in the bible where we see something rushed produced NO fruit. We see the prodigal son rushed his inheritance, King Saul rushed his battles and King David rushed a relationship. God doesn’t want us rushing, He wants us pacing.
Don’t worry. Things will happen for you. Even in times of waiting God is working on your behalf. This day now is an opportunity to take you to a place of full fruit. I love to write. I write every day! I wish I could produce my book already in one day….I never could start because I thought it was too much. But then I got started. I took one day at a time, even some days I had to skip writing because of other priorities, but I kept back at it. Now I have over 100 blogs written here and pulled 30 for the book that is soon to come! It didn’t happen overnight but it happened over invested and consistent time because I kept at a good writing pace. And I give all the Glory to God because truly this pace was my healing indeed. I am so thankful!
There is power in YOUR pace… not theirs but yours! So get to it!
My dear child, don’t shrug off God’s discipline, but don’t be crushed by it either. It’s the child he loves that he disciplines; the child he embraces, he also corrects. God is educating you; that’s why you must never drop out. He’s treating you as dear children. This trouble you’re in isn’t punishment; it’s training, the normal experience of children. Only irresponsible parents leave children to fend for themselves. Would you prefer an irresponsible God? We respect our own parents for training and not spoiling us, so why not embrace God’s training so we can truly live? While we were children, our parents did what seemed best to them. But God is doing what is best for us, training us to live God’s holy best. At the time, discipline isn’t much fun. It always feels like it’s going against the grain. Later, of course, it pays off handsomely, for it’s the well-trained who find themselves mature in their relationship with God.
Hebrews 12:5-11 (MSG)