Devotional February 20, 2017

Leviticus 10 | Leviticus 11 | Romans 12:9-21 | Romans 13: 1-7

Hey everyone, happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend. I had a great one with my children. It is the second week with three kids and my wife and I are slowly getting a grasp on things. I am not going to lie and say that I haven’t been exhausted, but I am pressing through. This is a season in my life that as a father and husband I have to step up and go beyond for my family. God has entrusted me with my wife and three kids and he will hold me accountable as to how much I invest in them. I have said this before, but my family is my number one ministry before anything else.

Having the end in mind is what keeps the motivation. It keeps the fire fueling within us to keep pressing forward, but the process is what builds our character. The process prepares us for the platform. The process prepares us for what God ultimately has next in our lives.
— JS

Like I said earlier I do get exhausted and it has been a roller coaster, but I love what my pastor said this past weekend. He said, “Do everything with the end in mind”. That really opened my eyes to see that I have to be intentional about every motive, word and action with the end it mind. This can also go beyond family and into your career, marriage, ministry, etc. Let every step and action have a purpose and allow that purpose to fulfill the end result.

This is such a powerful statement for me, but it is only 50% complete, at least in my life. What do I mean by that? This is my full interpretation, “Do everything with the end in mind, but don’t forget to open your eyes to the process” That’s it for me.

I read an article about enjoying the process and it really opened up my eyes to see that I have always focused on the end result and missed completely what God was trying to do or communicate to me. I am a results driven individual and when I don’t see results or even progress, I get frustrated. Are you the same? It is funny, but at least in my life it seems like the more I am driven by results or progress the longer they take to come and the more patience God has to insert in me. I am not saying that progress is not occurring, but maybe it is not occurring the way that I want it to, hence the frustration.

Sorry if I am babbling a lot today, but honestly I am writing all of this and my fingers do not stop, so I am guessing this will be the main topic for today’s journal.

Take some time and think about this statement and give me your thoughts if you can.

“Do everything with the end in mind, but don’t forget to open your eyes to the process”

Having the end in mind is what keeps the motivation. It keeps the fire fueling within us to keep pressing forward, but the process is what builds our character. The process prepares us for the platform. The process prepares us for what God ultimately has next in our lives.


Application Questions:

Within your current process, have you kept the end in mind?

Within your current season have you stopped to hear or see what God is trying to communicate to you?