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Stop Waiting

Brian Mashburn

January 3, 2021

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Stop Waiting

Have you ever received one of those phone calls? You know, the kind that stops you in your tracks with a piece of information that almost stops time, demands instant attention, and, most of all, seems to change everything.

Now, when I say it "changes everything", I do not mean that everything literally changes. Something significant has entered in, certainly, but in fact, most things in your life do not change at all. It is more like YOU change.

Now, when I say "you change", I do not mean that you actually, in some wholesale way, change. In fact, much about you does not change at all. So, what does change?

Best I can tell, when it is boiled down, what happens in that moment is a massive confrontation of your immediate priorities. So, what actually changes is how you spend your time, thoughts, and energy.

When COVID hit, it was like the whole world got that phone call. It stopped us in our tracks, and it demanded a reorientation of our priorities without much notice.

On a massive scale, not just a few of us Christians put our spiritual lives on hold when this happened. Our investment in connecting to God and others, growing spiritually, and serving the Kingdom was interrupted. We got shoved into quarantine and we could not be disciples the way we had been. So most of us understandably entered into a posture of waiting before we re-engage.

It is time to stop waiting. Your connection, growth, and service to Jesus does not need some particular set of established circumstances to be practiced.

Did you know we have an example of this is scripture? The apostle Paul was put in sudden and unwelcome quarantine when he was arrested. How he connected to God and people, and served in ministry, was massively different pre-arrest (traveling church planter) and post-arrest (letter writer), but what did not change was that he taught, challenged, encouraged, and mobilized. He continued to love God and love others, and make disciples, believing in and allowing the Holy Spirit to accommodate his (admittedly massive) change of circumstances.

It is time for you to stop waiting. It is time for you to act like your ability to love first, become more like Jesus, and advance his mission is agile and can find a way no matter what our circumstances. Because it is true.

Brian Mashburn

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