So much has been said about seizing the moment. Living in the present. Taking it one day at a time. And I'm all about it! (Who needs to carry the burden of what's going to happen in the future when the present can already be so overwhelming.)
ON THE OTHER HAND...
When it comes to influence and impact, we've heard this said before as well,
We overestimate what God can do in 1 year and we underestimate what God can do in 10.
As I look at the type of influence I want to have in people's lives, the type of influence of I want our church to have in the city, the type of disciple-making movement I'd like to see multiply...
I NEED TO THINK FARTHER OUT.
Deep impact doesn't happen over night. Systemic change doesn't take place in an instant. Trust isn't built over the course of days. Life transformation can't be rushed.
THE MOVEMENT CHURCH has been going for almost 5 years, and I feel like we're just starting to see what is possible if we keep at this thing!
So as much as what you do today is of extreme importance, the timeline you are giving yourself to experience the results you desire is equally important.
Pick an arena where you desire to have deep, real, long-lasting impact. Then, commit yourself to that work for 10 years.
Don't be perplexed by the amount of time it is going to require to build something deeply influential. Just accept it. Great things don't grow overnight.