Nathan Del Turco – Student Ministries Worship Pastor
So often in life we look to the big moments to teach us something profound. What I’ve found however, is that life’s biggest and most formative lessons are learned in the everyday. The mundane.
A phrase that has stuck to me lately is
“Commit to the Process”
I’ve felt challenged by this in a couple of ways.
- Life is done in the day to day, not in one big event to the next.
We’re shaped by moments, and God doesn’t waste any of them.
Our day to day is the main ingredient in God’s plan and calling on our lives. We are shaped, developed, and equipped in the mundane.
When we’re at work, interacting with our children or spouse, or dealing with heartache or wins, God is using those moments to shape who we are.
A good friend of mine once told me,
“Your talent will take you places your character cannot sustain you”
I think this is a profound statement. Just because we arrive at a destination doesn’t always ensure we have what it takes to complete the task. We can’t cheat the shaping process.
Think of it this way…
If an athlete were to skip practice and workouts for the weeks leading up to the Olympics, how do you think he/she would finish?
Which leads me to my next point…
- There are no shortcuts.
Have you ever taken the teabag out of your tea too early? Or taken a pie out of the oven too soon? The result is never what you hoped it would be. The tea and pie aren’t ready yet. They’re under-developed.
Life is a lot like that. God shapes us in his timing and at his pace.
I’m reminded of the story of David. Yes…that David.
David was a shepherd. David wasn’t “special” by culture’s definition. But, David was anointed to be the next King of Israel by a man named Samuel. What happened next? Samuel left, and David went back to tending sheep.
“You mean he didn’t instantly get 1.3 million Instagram followers and trend on Twitter?”
In fact, there were close to 15 years in between David’s anointing, to his appointing as King.
The plan was put into place, but God had some work to do in David.
The same is true with us. God has an incredible destiny and calling on our lives, but most of life is lived on the potter’s wheel. Being shaped, remolded, corrected, and trained.
Maybe today you’re feeling tired. Maybe you’re feeling stressed, frustrated, or maybe even envious of someone else’s situation.
I want to tell you that it’s ok to exist in the moment. God hasn’t forgotten you. He sees you, your struggle, your strengths, and the path ahead.
So take a deep breath.
And start taking one step at a time. One day at a time.