OK, so it’s after 11 pm on Friday. I’m tired and I really want to go to bed, but I have this thing about following through on commitments and I have committed to writing three times a week: Monday, Wednesday and Friday. So here goes.
Recently I began a new position and I have been writing recently about beginning new things and growing a worship ministry. Perhaps a little Friday retrospective is in order.
What truths have I learned about starting new things?
- There will be fabulous “head-in-the-cloud” times. If you do not feel ecstatic about starting a new venture, ask yourself why you are doing it at all. New things require enough of someone who is already psyched up. If you are not pumped up about your new opportunity you are much more likely to crash and burn.
- Use these times to refuel your energy and your vision.
- While remaining practical use your fresh energy to scrutinize your path forward and make necessary improvements.
- Thank God and remain grateful for this beautiful moment in life. Scripture says every good thing comes from God.
- There will be hard times. For every up there is a down. In other words, welcome to life as we know it. If you are looking for an opportunity with no occasional down side, you will spend your life disappointed. On the other hand, if you are in a situation where you are not experiencing occasional setbacks or challenges, I question your view of reality.
- Use these times to remember the fabulous times you have had. Difficult times make the good ones even better.
- What can you learn from this difficulty? You are ripe for learning when you are in a difficult place.
- Difficult times keep us humble and focused on the sovereignty, strength, and provision of God. Instead of complaining about your situation, thank God that at least he knows what is going on and take comfort in that.
- It’s worth it. Jesus says, “Consider the cost.” Remember that every good thing is worth the sacrifice it takes.
- In order to be a good father you have to set your own needs aside as you care for your children. The payoff is a healthy family.
- In order to be a good husband and partner you need to lead as a servant. The payoff is a healthy relationship.
- In order to live debt-free you have to discipline yourself to live by a budget. The payoff is a financially stress-free life where you have more money to give.
- In order to lead a ministry of any kind you have to take responsibility for hard decisions. The payoff is seeing true growth in the lives of people.
This year has become the year of re-entry for me:
- Re-entry into relationship
- Re-entry into senior leadership
- Re-entry into dependence on God
I am so blessed by what God has brought my way this year that the occasional challenges are gifts to embrace rather than mines to be avoided. Challenges mean I am engaged and moving forward in life, and that’s the way I like it.
I would not change a thing right now. That’s the truth. God and life are truly good.
What have you learned this past week?