Solutions June 2018 - Page 57

Little by Little I’ve had to learn something that God wants all of us to remember through every leg of our journey: The only way to obtain the promises of God is through faith and patience. That applies to everything, including any words, goals, plans, dreams, or visions he’s placed in our hearts. God makes the promises and our part is to persevere, just as the writer of Hebrews told us: “We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised” (Hebrews 6:12, emphasis added). Maybe you have a dream, a goal, a plan you’ve been working toward for years, and you feel God has forgotten you. Maybe you have wanted to: • Start a business • Go back to school • Build a non-governmental organization (NGO) • Serve in your community • Become a foster parent • Go on a mission trip • Lead a ministry Whatever it is, God has not forgotten you. The dreams, visions, and plans God places in our hearts take time, lots of time. And during all that time, God is working in us so he can work through us. Again, our part is to exercise faith and patience in the process. Faith is believing God, believing that God is who he says he is, and that he will do what he said he would do. Patience is our capacity to tolerate delay—to wait. It’s trusting that God is good, God does good, and God knows what he is doing—no matter how long it takes and no matter what our purpose may be. As I have walked this out in my own life— from those years of traveling around the countryside of Australia to stepping into every initiative since—I have found God’s process to be strategic and tailor-made for my life. It is the same for your life, and God’s journey for you. But living our lives with purpose—walking in faith and patience—often feels countercultural to us. We live in a digital world connected globally by the internet and social media, so we have instant access to everything from news to products to real-time videos of world events. As a culture, we consider it normal to get everything we want on demand. Even our reality TV shows give the illusion of overnight success, but there are no overnight success stories really. No one picks up a microphone one day and rises to stardom the next. There are years of hard work in between the beginning of something and whatever it is we deem as success. There are significant life lessons to be learned in the years of working toward a goal. And for us as believers, there are places God wants us to go through—that take time— so he can prepare us for the future he’s designed for us. When people ask me how I got to where I am today—leading Equip & Empower Ministries, A21, and Propel—I remember that night on the cot and smile. I don’t have five steps to destiny or seven keys to ending global injustice. All I have to share is the process God has walked me through, which is same one I’ve seen him walk everyone through when Solutions • 57