Tuesday, January 3, 2012

The "In Between Time"

One of the pastors at my church, Pace Hartfield, delivered a message a little over a year ago that changed my life.

I didn't leave the worship center the same way I came in. I was forced to reevaluate my perspective on everything and how I looked at everything. And with the new year finally here, I began to think back on that message.

He talked about waiting. About how we are always waiting for something in our lives. About taking our waiting, our "In Between Time", and making it active instead of passive. (CLICK HERE to purchase the message if you are interested.)

Instead of just asking myself "What are the things I'm waiting for?", now I was thinking about "How was I waiting for those things?" I had to be honest with myself and begin evaluating how I was using my time. 

It's like King Solomon says in Ecclesiastes. There is a time and a season for everything. But in our culture today, we want everything now. I have been guilty of that method of thinking. Sometimes I find myself looking at others and wondering why they had those things and I didn't. Or why that person got that opportunity and I didn't. That's a downright foolish way to think. It is not productive and it's certainly not biblical. 

Instead of looking to the left or to the right, and in some cases looking back, I realized I needed to keep my eyes forward. God's timing is much greater than my own timing. Sometimes I forget that I'm just 21 years old. 

I realized that I have focus on what God is working on in my today in order to prepare me for what God has prepared for me tomorrow.  That I'm running a marathon and not a sprint.

With the New Year finally here, I'm sort of pivoting into a new direction and a new perspective on things. I feel like 2011 was a launchpad into 2012, where I am about to close one chapter of my life and open another. It is a critical time and I realize what I do here and now will have implications in the future.

The habits we develop now, the attitudes we foster now, and the actions and decisions we make now will determine where we stand six months from now. A year from now. Ten years from now. Don't wait a second longer. It starts with obedience; walking in step with God. A lot of times we want the payoff. The success. The end result. But if we are not going to put in the hard work and be obedient to God's plan and will, then all you're really doing is spinning the wheels and wasting time.

"In Between Time" is a lot like training camp. If a team expects to develop itself into a championship contender, it better be welling to put in those long hours in the offseason, often times months in advance, in order to win. That means physically getting in shape. Studying the opponents. Mentally preparing for the demands of the coming season. If a player decides to skip this part of the process, they are in for a rude awakening come gameday.

Let's start making the best of the time we have right now. Set up your goals. Make a plan. And execute.

What are you going to do to transform your "In Between Time"?

SCRIPTURE REFERENCE: Ecclesiastes 3:1-12, Hebrews 10:36, Psalm 84:5-7, James 1:2-4

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