Posted by Craig Borlase on 9 January 2015

Wouldn’t it be great if this year I finally managed to___________.

You can fill in the blank for yourself.

Maybe you’d choose words like ’write the kind of song that really inspires people’, or ‘get the church so engaged in worship that they have to start another service to accommodate everyone?’ Or maybe you’re aiming even higher with ‘see full blown revival break out.’

A couple of days ago I heard something that made me stop. I was talking to a church leader who’s now well into his third decade of inspiring people, seeing ridiculous growth and having people talk about him using words like ‘revival’ (at which point he gently corrects them: ‘we’re not there yet’.)

When asked what advice he’d give other leaders he said this:

“We overestimate what we can do in a year and underestimate what can happen in ten.”

That, right there, is the reason why so many of our plans don’t come off. We create them out of unrealistic expectations and then we fail to simply keep on plugging away for the long haul. We set impossible goals then get disillusioned, embarrassed or just plain bored when we fail to see the finish line within a few months.

If only we’d do things just a little differently.

If we looked at the needs of the people around us and based our plans upon meeting those.

If we just kept on plugging away, not giving up or getting down, but believing in the value of being on a God adventure for the long haul.

Then perhaps things would be different.

So, right now when most of us have started to feel the strain of our New Year’s resolutions - or we’ve forgotten them anyway - how about we resolve to do things differently? Let’s pray, talk and wonder about how God might want to use our talents and resources to meet the needs of people around us. And then let’s take those small steps, the daily acts, disciplines and conversations that move us, inch by inch, towards the goals that God would have us focus on.

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