Book Excerpt: The Mirage of an Alluring Shortcut!

Happy Saturday!

As you can tell, todays photo is taken from, No Shortcuts To The Top by Ed Viesturs.

When I saw that image it reminded me of something I wrote in my coming book…

Make Me A Legend!

Chapter 9, Build An Extravagant Foundation

The Mirage of an Alluring Shortcut

Just like everyone else, I am always attracted to the mirage of an alluring shortcut. Don’t get me wrong here; I do believe in the real possibility of a quantum leap. These happen when we are faithful to dominate every square centimeter of a growth phase—all the way to a graduation ceremony. In this process of faithfully completing lesser assignments, God promises that He will promote us into far more enlivening ones.

“The master was full of praise. ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’” (Matthew 25:21 NLT)

Here, Jesus makes a huge promise to each of God’s faithful servants. From Jesus’ statement, we can know that God is always testing for progress. It does not matter that nobody else in the entire universe gives you the attention you feel like you deserve. God is the giver of promotions. One touch of His favor, and everything can change for you! Don’t worry about being overlooked, because God never misses faithfulness. When you pass a level, God will call you up from the crowd and onto the platform—to be lavished with honor in the presence of all your peers! He will promote you to infinitely higher degrees of ability and responsibility. When that time comes, you have to stand up tall, without hesitation or false humility—and take God’s hand, turn on your biggest smile, say goodbye to yesterday, and leap with everything you have!

I suppose my warning in this chapter is against the danger of seeking for a promotion before we have mastered a level. I’m talking about the danger of overestimating our progress, the hazard of forcing our way onto higher levels before we are strong enough to thrive there—the hazard and humiliation of self-promotion. You and I both know the embarrassment of seating ourselves at the head of a table only to realize we were sitting in somebody else’s place of honor. This is a perfect portrait of a forced promotion. It fluffs our minds with false hopes and dashes our hearts to pieces, as we are asked to move back down the table. This is always a very painful, big waste of time.

When Jesus noticed that all who had come to the dinner were trying to sit in the seats of honor near the head of the table, he gave them this advice: “When you are invited to a wedding feast, don’t sit in the seat of honor. What if someone who is more distinguished than you has also been invited? The host will come and say, ‘Give this person your seat.’ Then you will be embarrassed, and you will have to take whatever seat is left at the foot of the table!

The more impatient you are, the more shortcuts you will encounter. As you yearn for them, they reach for you! On some days, there seem to be a hundred shortcuts whispering to me from every direction. This is especially true when my passions are heightened as the urgency of my mission puts pressure on my devoted heart. When I see and hear the oppressed people in this world, the people I was born to rescue, pushing their way into my dreams, pleading to be helped—I long for shortcuts!

I don’t want to be shoved to the butt of the table any longer than I have to sit there, because just like you, I feel like my country needs me now. I find myself listening to presidential speeches, wishing that I could just have 30 minutes to address my countrymen. Every time I feel like I am getting close, there is another freaky delay, some bizarre obstacle that ends up setting me back a year. Sometimes, when I consider how fast I am aging, I am so afraid that I may surely pass away before I lay hold of the influence I was born to wield. Yet I cannot fall prey to these urgent impulses and loose my head in a manic hunt for shortcuts. Neither can you! I think this is what the prophet Habakkuk must have been getting at when he said, “This vision is for a future time. It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled. If it [the vision] seems slow in coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed.” (Habakkuk 2:3 NLT) (Emphasis added)

Your thoughts?

Have a most triumphant Saturday and don’t forget that tomorrow is SUNDAY! We’re poised for the greatest church service in the history of Augusta County… if you’re close, I hope you’ll come!

I just finished praying for you (with tremendous passion), hoping you really feel the difference. I wish you a most triumphant Saturday wherever you are in the earth today.

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With much love…

Dream Big, Live Bold, and Make the Difference!

Chuck

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