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God's Mission if Indispensable I'm Not

Written by Danny De los Reyes

This information might not seem like a revelation at all. But let’s put it in the light of a leader like Moses, since it’s been the very example of this whole post series. Continue Reading…

attitudes and actions should never be determined by personal disappointment

This post is part of the 7 Keys to Staying on Purpose Series. You can find more information about the series over on this link.

Moses experienced it, he let his disappointment determine his actions and attitude. When he was frustrated in the desert, Moses stroke the rock instead of speaking to it. Moses let his frustration show up beyond obedience. That action kept him from going into the promised land.

It’s obvious that the moral of the story is to obey God. And Moses eventually got it down.

Right before the Israelites were about to enter the promised land, Moses turned the reigns of his leadership to Joshua. He obeyed God who was not letting him enter the promised land.

I put myself in Moses shoes and it would be hard. Here’s this guy who endured criticism and rebellion from the people that he was leading. The same people who got the whole Israelite nation detoured from their destination for 40 years because of their lack of faith and disobedience.

And after going through all of that he doesn’t even get to reap in the benefits. Wouldn’t that seem unjust?

But Moses seems at peace. I’m sure he would’ve liked making into the land, but the Lord had spoken.

My prayer is to be more like Moses and show obedience and also to stop my attitudes and actions from being determined by personal disappointment. And it’s hard to obey and trust but God knows what he’s doing.

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old castle in the background

This post is part of the 7 Keys to Staying on Purpose Series. You can find more information about the series over on this link.

There is a reason the windshield in your car is bigger than your rearview mirror. Where you’re going is more important thank where you have been. – Bryan Jarrett

Ever found yourself looking at your past achievements? Like constantly doing it that you forget to look ahead?

It happens to me all the time. On my blog, every time I get a high traffic day I look at the stats over and over. I go and check where my traffic came from, what keywords were used, what pages were visited, the visitors’ geo location, etc. Basically I go through all the data that Google Analytics provides.

Jon Acuff tweets it best:

It’s good to check and make sure that you’re being found for the right keywords. In the case of this blog I love it when people find it by entering keywords about creative ministry, ministry in general, inspiration for church creative elements, media ministry and other similar keywords. Generally, people who find me through the right keywords stay longer because the message is tailored to them.

But sometimes I get so wrapped up by the data and the keywords that I forget to plan ahead. I forget to work on my next posts because I’m too busy checking and going through the stats. Seriously, it might sound ridiculous, but website traffic and data can do that to a person.

And same goes for our spiritual life, finances, ministry in general, family time, you name it. Remember the good old times? Picture them in your head. Gradually life changed and you found yourself in a new season, wishing you could go back to that other time.

But wishing to be in the midst the good times won’t bring them back. They’re gone. We can choose to accept the fact and move on.

Our longing for the old times sometimes extends to church. I recorded this quote from my pastor, Bryan Jarrett, where he touches on the topic:

We are trustees of a trust… but those that handed us that trust had no desire of us setting up monuments or turning this church into a museum that worship relics of the past. They handed us a mission. – Bryan Jarrett

The biggest problem lies when we swing to the other side of the spectrum. When we diminish our past, or our church’s past. Focusing on our future, and the vision that we have for our future, should not diminish our past.

Sure there might be things that are worth bringing back, but some others not so much. In any case, we gotta be able to remember them while we move forward.

The past was great, but the best is yet to come.

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artsy picture with cool quote about journey

This post is part of the 7 Keys to Staying on Purpose Series. You can find more information about the series over on this link.

If you don’t believe that the journey is always more difficult than first perceived ask Frodo and Sam. Every time I watch the movie I wonder, can’t they just get the eagles to drop them near Mordor!? But the lessons they learned in the mist of their journey, and all the difficulties they found, could not have been learned the easy way.

There’s something valuable about the struggles that they faced. And for that matter, the struggles that all of us face. We learn through the tough times.

But also something super discouraging. The eagles!! Why couldn’t they dropped them closer?! But enough with my LOTR rants, let me introduce you to the In-Between book.

I have to be honest, I have not read Jeff Goins book the In-Between (it’s on my queue now). But I did happen to catch his interview with Erik Fischer over at the Beyond the To-Do List Podcast. To avoid misquoting him, I’m adding what his Amazon book description says:

Most of us spend our lives searching and longing for something more than what is in front of us. Whether it’s traveling abroad or chasing cheap (or expensive) thrills, we’re all looking for medicine to satisfy our restlessness. And, so often, we’re looking in the wrong place.

The In-Between is a call for all of us to accept the importance that waiting plays in our lives.

What’s in front of us. Daily life. The journey.

And here’s why it’s more difficult than first perceived. We wish we could dash from one big event to the next. When Moses led Israel to the promised land from Egypt, I’m sure he didn’t even imagine what he would be up to.

40 years, folks! They spent FORTY YEARS in the desert. It would have taken less than a month to get there, but no, it took them 40 years.

That part of the story of Israel is deeply based in their disobedience. They refused to do as God knew was best for them.

Let me unpack this post. We live trying to get from point A to point B. We forget that our story, our life, is that trajectory in between point A and point B.

The journey is our life.

Enough of standing on my soap box. This topic is better learned by living it, and understanding that our time is so ephemeral and we need to enjoy the journey with all the good and bad.

The journey might be harder than expected, but doesn’t that make it worth it?

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This post is part of the 7 Keys to Staying on Purpose Series. You can find more information about the series over on this link.

The first point on Pastor Bryan’s message “Staying on Mission” was:

The credibility of the mission is not measured by the opinions or decisions of people.

The majority report will always try to negotiate you out of your mission; out of what God has called you to do.

Moses experienced it.

He sent twelve spies to scope the promised land. When they came back, ten were deeply discouraged. Two of those twelve spies actually said, let’s do it. God’s in our side, nothing can go wrong?

Where ten saw all the odds that were stacked against them, two remained optimistic. Were they not seeing the same things?

Check their two responses in Numbers 13:30-31 ESV:

30 But Caleb quieted the people before Moses and said, “Let us go up at once and occupy it, for we are well able to overcome it.” 31 Then the men who had gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we are.”

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