Sometimes, I think the end result is all that matters.
- Getting out of debt
- Losing weight
- Graduating a child from homeschool
- Attaining a large number of “followers”
- Beating cancer
- Getting the promotion
- Breaking the attendance record
- Being chosen for the solo in the production
- Winning the trophy
- Earning the bonus
But God is clearly concerned about the process of reaching those goals. The final outcome is always determined by the steps we took to reach the goal.
I want to rush things along. I get tired of the waiting. I grow discouraged that it is Taking. So. Long.
I forget that God sees the big picture. He’s in it for the long haul, if you will.
This quote from evangelist Bro. Brian McBride puts it beautifully:
May God give me grace for the journey. May I keep my focus on knowing Him in a more intimate way while I’m pressing forward toward the prize.
And Lord, help us not to be discouraged when the finish line seems oh-so-far away.
I pray that you will be encouraged to use your time wisely, getting to know Him, while you’re on your way to your final goal.