Wow, look at the clock! It’s 11:45am and I am just now starting to write my blog! Who would believe I rose at 4am? Busiest morning of my year? Maybe, I think so! My fingers are moving so fast back and forth across this keyboard, I’m dehydrated, and I really have to go potty! Wait, I’m hungry too!
This week has given me a taste of what it may be like when my influence expands. How will I keep up with the people who matter so much to me? Just like everything else, I’m positive God gives grace for success… and when success comes to the right people at the pace, we are well able to adjust our way up.
I’ve already cut out tv (except an occasional episode of criminal minds), and other worthless activities like brushing my teeth and tying my own shoes! (joke, haha) But really, we have to consider that there are only 24 hours in every day… and it is possible for you and I to manifest so much GOD through our lives that we are no longer able to process all the requests for help. This is not a bad problem… it’s just something we should think about from time to time.
How far do you want to go? If you keep on living more and more like Jesus lived, then the time will come when people will stampede their way into your space just like they stampeded their way into His! And you will not be able to respond to every text message, facebook message, voice mail, and knock on the door. If you have a heart, it will break your heart! You will feel like you can save the whole world if you can just get to them all. And you will only be able to reach a few of them. Even if you dedicate your life to imparting your heart to other well able leaders… you will always suffer the agony of perishing people you are not fast enough to reach.
Your obvious reply to this will be, “Yeah, Chuck, but if we’re are pointing them to Jesus and not to us, then people won’t be putting so much attention on a mere human.” That is a beautiful theory and an admirable ambition, but the truth is that people flock to the person who represents God best. This is the way it has always been… and this generation is not going to change it, no matter how much we think we can.
Make the very best use of each 24 hours! Identify the people who are most willing to change. Reach the ones you can reach and trust the others to Gods care. Wake up every day and tell yourself, “I am not God, and I will not last long if I pretend to be Him.” Deflect the praise! Stand in the grace of your calling! Give your heart to others who will help carry the load. Create balance, be aggressive about it… even when that means your time of rest will come at the expense of some other person you could be helping. Because, if you break down and die young, you will be no good to anyone.
Even Jesus rested…
Matthew 14:22-23 “Immediately after this, Jesus insisted that his disciples get back into the boat and cross to the other side of the lake, while he sent the people home. After sending them home, he went up into the hills by himself to pray. Night fell while he was there alone.”
I just finished praying for you (with tremendous passion), hoping you really feel the difference. I wish you a most triumphant Friday wherever you are in the earth today.
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With much love…
Dream Big, Live Bold, and Make the Difference!