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“Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:13-14)
I read a number of blogs written by other church leaders for my own encouragement and growth as a pastor. One blog that has always ministered to me is written by Steven Furtick, Lead Pastor of Elevation Church in Charlotte, NC. I found his January 9th entry particularly meaningful as I considered the new year and how to improve on the past. I hope you will take these words to heart and ask yourself the same question Furtick asks:
About two years ago, I completed a personal evaluation exercise in my journal. I wanted to uncover the 3 main factors that keep me from moving forward and embracing new paradigms in my life and leadership. In other words: why do I stay stuck?
From my journal to your computer screen, here’s my short list. I blogged it in 2009, but felt like it may be appropriate to share as we begin this new year…to help somebody go forward in God.
Change is hard. Positive change is just as hard as negative change. Sometimes it’s easier to stay stuck than to move forward. Often it’s more comfortable to stick with something that’s tolerable and familiar than to embrace something that’s preferable and unknown.
I really don’t know how to explain this, except to say that my regrets often overpower my ambitions, causing me to remain in a state of paralysis. But I’m learning that there’s nothing productive about what I wish I would have done then, unless I use it to inform what I’m doing now.
It’s hard to tell how many major adjustments I’ve avoided making because I was busy tending to insignificant side items. It’s tempting to divert attention from the big thing that God wants me to change by obsessing over something that ultimately doesn’t matter at all.
I don’t want to stay stuck. I don’t want the storyline of my faith to be eclipsed by a shift I was unwilling to make.
If you’re feeling stuck, as I so often do, here’s a prayer to pray today…
God, help me move forward at the speed of your direction and intention,
no matter how painful the transition may be.
What about you? What are the main factors in your life that keep you “stuck” and prevent you from moving forward? How can you repent of those, or change your circumstances or mindset, so that you can get “unstuck” and move forward in a positive way in 2012? If you have any thoughts to share, post a comment below.
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