Start Where You Are
“This is a trustworthy saying: “If someone aspires to be a church leader, he desires an honorable position.” 2 So a church leader must be a man whose life is above reproach. He must be faithful to his wife. He must exercise self-control, live wisely, and have a good reputation. He must enjoy having guests in his home, and he must be able to teach. 3 He must not be a heavy drinker or be violent. He must be gentle, not quarrelsome, and not love money. 4 He must manage his own family well, having children who respect and obey him. 5 For if a man cannot manage his own household, how can he take care of God’s church?”
Would you say that you pray regularly for God’s blessings? I know Bri and I do. We’ve always prayed for the Lord to bless every aspect of our life. Whether it’s our marriage, finances, health, or whatever else; Bri and I have always been adamant about praying for God’s blessings – and believing for them.
However, 1 Timothy 3:5, although pertaining to the topic of church leadership, sheds light on a life / spiritual principle often neglected. The principle is straightforward:
If we can’t manage what we have now, what makes us think we can handle more?
What You Already Have
I think a lot of times we neglect what we already have. We find ourselves praying for God to move in an area of our lives, without first handling what He’s already given to us.
We’ll pray for an increase in our finances, without first learning how to budget the finances we already have. We’ll ask the Lord to bless our marriage, without first investing the time to learn how to love our spouse well.
Essentially, we get too caught up in where we want to be, that we forget about the work in progress already before us.
The Highlight Reel
I once heard a Pastor equate Instagram / Facebook to a highlight reel.
For real though, how true is that!?
We live in a culture in which we are inundated on a daily basis with people’s best. Every picture is perfectly edited, and every caption nicely worded. I know I’m guilty of this.
We are overwhelmed with images of our desired finish lines, without any attention given to the work before us.
The reality is, in all facets of our lives, we cannot expect more, if we don’t first manage what we have. We should never refrain from looking ahead to where we want to go, but we should always ensure that we start where we are.
Question: Do you have an area in your life that you’ve been praying for God to move in, or possibly a goal that you’ve been pursuing? If so, what do you have already before you that you can begin working on?