My life feels like it’s in a holding pattern, circling the airport waiting to land, it’s frustrating to say the least. I have followed God’s call out of ministries that I love (youth and worship) and am now working in the secular world to pay the bills. It’s not where I want to be, I know it’s not my life’s call but for now it’s where I am. If you’d like to know more please feel free to read about it here, here and here.
It’s hard waiting for God, I prayed for patience and God is teaching it to me that’s for sure! But this isn’t another mopey, “woe is me post”, this is a Survival Guide: How to stay focused while waiting for God.
Here are my five tips for staying focused while waiting for God:
Tip number 1: Don’t Look Back and Dwell
It’s way too easy to look back at the ‘good old days’ and feel even worse about your current situation. It’s healthy and even necessary to look back but don’t dwell there. The purpose of looking back is to remind us of God’s faithfulness to us, to see how He has led us through similar times and to strengthen our faith that He will do it again. So by all means look back, but don’t stay there too long. Get in, get energised and get back to today
Tip number 2: Focus on the Here and Now
“We can’t change the past we can only affect the future”. I can’t remember where I heard that phrase but its totally true. We must learn from the past and apply that knowledge to today in order to make a difference in the future. What’s done is done, what’s been has been we cant relive it no matter how hard we try but we can learn from it in order to make today and tomorrow better. Focus on what God has for you to do today, wherever you might be. Ministry happens anywhere and everywhere, don’t be fooled into thinking that just because you’re sitting in an office cubicle that God hasn’t got work for you to do. Focus on the here and now, God isn’t finished with you yet!
Tip number 3: Think Big
It’s easy to be self absorbed and down when you feel like your life is on hold. That doesn’t help anyone. We need to think BIG! Take the time to plan your future, where do you want to be in one, three, five, ten years from now? Figure out what you need to do to get there (study, jobs, skills, etc) and then make it happen. You don’t want the biggest obstacle to you achieving your dreams to be you! (Read that again, slowly). Thinking big allows God to open our minds to possibilities He has for us that we might not have ever imagined. Seek God, pray and think big!
Tip number 4: Be Proactive
Get on with your life and get going. Trust that God has a plan for you and He wants to teach you something right here, right now. Take those classes, do those courses, connect with God regularly so that when He calls you won’t miss it. Quit moping and get going!
Tip number 5: Know that God is Good
I remember a phrase we would repeat in Sunday School and Church; “God is good, All the time… All the time, God is Good!” And you know what, it’s completely, 100% correct! God never changes, He has been good to you in the past and He will be good to you in the future. Life might suck, things are tough but remember God is ALWAYS good. Trust Him, seek Him, serve Him… be ready to move when He calls…you won’t be disappointed
If you’re like me, waiting for God, be encouraged that God isn’t finished with you yet. Follow the tips, give them a go and see how it changes your perspective. I’m still waiting, I don’t know what’s next but I want to be ready when God calls, I don’t want to miss it!