There’s nothing like the thrill of beginnings. Whether it’s a move, a new home, project or goal, the exhilaration of a fresh start fills us with exciting momentum. Often, God gives us a vision that keeps us moving forward, even when others don’t understand our objective. We can see how we want things to turn out in our mind’s eye, and this picture propels us.
But then, we reach the middle. Real, sometimes grueling work weighs us down. We might face adversity or distractions that keep us from moving with the same confidence in God’s plan.
This is what happened to me several years ago, when I took a step of faith in a local preschool moms’ ministry.
At first, my excitement was palpable. Other friends who were helping lead the group had limitless ideas and enthusiasm, and each of us anticipated how God would move in the attendees’ lives. And he did.
But then in came complaints and drama between moms who didn’t get along. One leader was bombarded with messages about things we should or shouldn’t be doing, and her stress level escalated. Before long, each of us grew tired and weary. We questioned whether we were making a positive impact or not.
What do we do when we reach the messy middle of our dream or goal, and the outcome doesn’t look like we envisioned?
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