Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own… Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or quits.
Those aren’t my words! Those are the words of St. Paul in Ephesians 6: 13, 18 (MSG). However, this is a message I constantly share with our CCWA visionaries, our clients, and it’s a message I need to hear over and over myself.
When we are speaking to an audience about a vision, we re-iterate over and over how your vision MUST BE BEYOND what you can do on your own.
Why? If it’s something that you can do on your own, then you don’t need God. And God wants to be involved in every aspect, every decision of your vision. Your vision requires a close relationship with God unlike anything you’ve ever experienced!! Living your dreams and watching God work miracles in your life is pretty fantastic, but it’s the relationship with HIM that is the whole point of having a vision!
Now… because those of us who have a vision beyond what we can do on our own, we are “up against far more than we can handle on our own.”
So Paul tells us what to do to when we face the impossible.
1. Be prepared practically. You need to be prepared in more than one way. First, be prepared practically. You’re vision requires practical planning and strategy. This is something at which we at CCWA excel!! Helping people plan, strategize, and implement makes us happy as a Daschund on stilts..
2. Be prepared spiritually. This is where many people drop the ball. Many Christians go into pursuit of a big goal or dream or calling, but they jump in without preparing spiritually. How will you handle the resistance and the obstacles the devil will immediately put in your path? Remember, the devil’s goal is to make us miserable and ineffective in our work of furthering God’s kingdom. There is a certain kind of spiritual mindset needed to pursue your vision. Again, this part of CCWA’s calling and mission is to help those spiritually who are up against far more than they can handle.
3. Keep each other’s spirits up. When people are up against obstacles; when they’ve failed once, twice or ten times; when they feel resistance what do most of them do? Fall behind!! QUIT! They doubt God’s promises, or faithfulness. They think only in terms of themselves- “I got in over my head,” or “I guess I’m not meant for this.” They need someone outside of themselves to be reminded of God’s promises, to help them see how God is helping them around their obstacles, they need someone to encourage them to press on. Again, that’s another aspect of CCWA’s calling- keeping up the spirits of God’s visionaries!
Look at the resistance and obstacles Moses had to face trying to get Pharaoh to let God’s people go! Thank God (literally) he didn’t quit! Read Exodus, starting with chapter 5 to see all the obstacles Moses faced. The same God that helped Moses is helping you!
If you need help in your vision practically, spiritually and/or help keeping your spirits up and keeping you from quitting, then click here. Let’s see how CCWA can support you in living your vision!
Refusing to fall behind and quit!
Katie and Julie