Is there a moment in your life, maybe several, that are like a song? I am not thinking about a sad song, or a lament, I am thinking about the theme song moments, the course changing moments.
There are still milestone moments, and more importantly, memories of the people that go with them, that stick out to me. I think sometimes we live life to create those moments. We spend tonnes of our time trying to achieve something lasting and meaningful, and frankly fail. The real interesting thing to me is that sometimes, in our consistent efforts to go somewhere, we build some of the moments over time. In deep reflection we can see that the moment was the culmination of many smaller, almost trivial successes: successes in loving others, showing kindness, trying to do the right thing, building relationships, encouraging someone else.
The Bible says in James 1 says:
“2Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. 4Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 5If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. 6But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; 8he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.”
That is a deep passage, but the perseverance part sticks out to me. The sticking to it part. The concept that the moments that we create are milestones of perseverance finishing its work.
Part of the reason I write this is because I do not feel like I have had one of those moments in a while, maybe you are the same. Do me a favour, stay the course. Persevere towards something meaningful. My prayer is that we will all persevere towards something that God would have us do. Then maybe, just maybe, we will change the world for His sake.