Do you feel the pressure to set big goals and achieve them quickly?

In January, I feel bombarded by all the messaging about “doubling,” “accelerating,” and “2X faster/better” in all areas of life. Productivity, homeschooling, business, decluttering our homes, and the list goes on.

It’s enough to make me want to give up or not even start.

Early one morning, as I was praying about my discouragement, I ended up in The New Testament. In Luke 1, the angel Gabriel shared with Zacharias that his son, John, would be “great in the sight of the Lord…and many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God.” (verses 12-16).

This prophecy would take decades to fulfill.

The same angel told Mary that her son, Jesus, “shall be called the Son of the Highest and the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of His father, David. And he shall reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom, there shall be no end. (verses 30-33).

The fulfillment of that prophecy is taking millenniums. 

As I read this, I had the thought that maybe God doesn’t care about speed and efficiency as much as we do (or the marketing experts). But, even though these prophecies took time, these weren’t decades spent in complacency and waiting for big things to happen. Of John, it is said that he “grew and waxed strong in spirit (verse 80); of Jesus, “he increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man” (Luke 2:52).

So what does this mean for us moms? It’s okay to stick to the basics! To let the small things we do each day add up and compound over time into big things.

It may sound less exciting, but growth takes time. Becoming takes time. Doing the things God puts on your heart is as much about the journey as it is the destination.

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