Rapid-Results-Obsessed and Over it.
We live in a fast-paced country with the means to yield the latest and greatest that make life more convenient with a touch of instant gratification or your money back guaranteed. Come on, we even sped up that timely yogurt eating endeavor! (Go-Gurt anyone?) All in all, harvesting the idea that fast is the new black – even bleeding into our plans, hopes, and dreams for the future.
In a rapid-results-obsessed culture, it’s easy to forget why you started.
I am in no way, shape, or form knocking the motivation gained from witnessing desired and healthy change. But, if we constantly seek to pursue our goals only when results are quickly reached, discouragement can rear it’s ugly head and resolutions get pushed another year, ours dreams often get flicked aside like the soggy fries touched by the wet pickle, and we can often settle for a cheap and quick counterfeit or, “this just isn’t for me.”
As one of my “New Year” tackles, I made a list of blog-post topics to span the next three months, but when I sat down to write week 3’s post, I felt uninspired, way too time-constrained, and overwhelmed to produce content worth my reader’s time. I even tried skipping around to different weeks to feel out my other ideas looking for that oomph and gusto I typically can’t contain. Yet, I soon criticized that a list of topics thrown together in an hour’s worth of time, are not topics worth expanding on. (Hello, discouragement, we meet again.)
I am all about plans, methods, and systems that are tried and true. And organization is a dear friend of mine. I’m definitely not knocking that either because in order to achieve, it’s wise that a plan is set in play. But with the constant lie that entraps most of us - to perform or produce evidence of success, especially in a social media driven, live-streaming, highlight reel world - one can quickly lose sight of their reasons and purpose for chasing goals, and trade it all in for ratings, reactions, and well, results.
So, there I was, all consumed with posting for posting’s sake when my why for even blogging at all, was intended to give an honest and genuine perspective on life, marriage, and faith in hopes of allowing God to transform hearts and lives – military personnel or not.
It was then that I realized, sometimes topics worth sharing are life’s common and overlooked lesson’s learned organically.
If we take the time to remind ourselves of the ‘why’ as much as we visualize, 'that moment when ________’ we might get to enjoy the process a little more, depend on God a little more, and be stretched for the better a little more – all making for an even sweeter ending.
So, this is for the people who sweat, stretch, strain, and say no to the cravings; for better health and a longer life.
This is for the people who budget, plan, and tell their money where to go instead of wondering where it went; wiser spending for generous giving and leaving a legacy for your children’s children.
This is for the people who practice, prep, and push, with no end in sight; for continued learning, healthy leadership, and for the potential of reaching a hurting world who so desperately needs Jesus.
This is for the people who are praying for and awaiting miracles in people and relationships they love; for faith that can move mountains.
This is for the person loving and pursuing friends and family who don’t yet know the freedom and love of Christ; for His glory, for His Kingdom, for our commission.