Is there something you wish that you had? Maybe it’s a car or a house, a best friend or a boyfriend. Maybe you’re longing for a spouse or to start a family. It seems that no matter what stage of life we are in, there is always something else. There will always be something we don’t have. Now, I’m not here to tell you that you shouldn’t want those things or that when you “delight yourself in the lord, he will give you the desires of your heart”. (Even though that is true and it’s a great verse!) What I’m here to encourage you with you may not have thought of before. I know I hadn’t, until I heard a very timely message from Terri Savelle Foy. If you haven’t heard this woman with the Minnie Mouse voice speak, you need to. You’ve probably heard that “To whom much is given, much will be required.” Meaning that the more you have, the more responsibility you have. My question to you today is, not only are you content with what you have, but how are you taking care of what you have? Let’s talk about what to do while you wait…besides just wait.
Do you treat your old beat up clunker in the same way that you would treat a BMW? No? Then you might not be ready for that BMW. Are you at a job where you are unhappy? What kind of worker or employee are you? Do you slack off doing the bare minimum required because this lame job “doesn’t matter”? Don’t expect to get promoted in that job, or in life, past where your attitude will take you. What about relationships? Are you the type of friend who is unreliable? Who makes plans and frequently cancels or no shows? Do you explode under stress and take your emotions out on those closest to you? Is that the way you want to treat your spouse? Right now you are creating habits. We can’t expect those habits to magically change the moment we receive what we are after. If you don’t have those habits now, you run the risk of ruining that nice car, or damaging that relationship when you get it, because you don’t know how to take care of it. Do you see what I mean? Now apply that to anything that you may be wishing and hoping for.
Let me make this personal. The thing I want most right now is a house. We’ve lived in an apartment for the last 7 years. Now, when I was a young adult living at home, an apartment sounded like the best thing ever! Now I have that and it was great for a while. But now, our family is bigger and I want something else, as we usually do. Rather than get restless and unhappy with my circumstances, I am choosing to make the best of the place where I am now. I can choose to develop habits of keeping my home clean, learning to decorate and enjoying the freedom of renting without a lot of responsibilities that come with home ownership. Then, when God provides the right timing and finances to move into a home of our own, I trust that I will be able to keep that home in a way that exhibits true stewardship of God’s blessings. I’ll be totally transparent, I have not always felt this way or treated my home this way. I’ve made a lot of mistakes along the way and I still do. But this new perspective has given me purpose and something to DO in the waiting season.
Maybe you feel like you’ve been waiting forever. How long is long enough? Do we have to get all of these things together before God will give us anything we want? Fortunately for us, that’s not how God works. But maybe we can use this time while we are waiting, to be proactive. Work on our habits, our attitude, our work ethic and relationship skills. It doesn’t mean that we understand God’s timing, or that we can shorten the waiting period. But I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion (Philippians 1:6). God may be giving you this opportunity for a reason. He wants us to be able to enjoy the things he gives us to the fullest! And maybe there is more that he will choose to give us…if we have made ourselves ready.
“Well done, good and faithful servant. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the JOY of your master.” Matthew 25:23
Read Matthew 25:14-30, The Parable of the Talents, for another look at this concept of doing something while we wait. God calls us to be active, to take responsibility and to use what we have. And please check out the image below which contains my favorite verse for waiting. It has been an encouragement to me and I pray it will be to you also. Use it as a lock screen on your phone, or share it with a friend. <3