Almost everything we enjoy, cannot be enjoyed in its entirety until we realize that what we enjoy will most always be accompanied by the mundane tasks that make our moments of pleasure possible and we in turn, set ourselves up to focus on the vision, not the next step.
Take music for instance. One of the absolute most pleasurable moments of music for me is to direct a choir in its polished form on a song that contains the concentration of emotion that has built over weeks or months of polishing each intricate detail.
But the journey to that performance is laden with the mundane, the long and tedious stress of wondering whether it will ever come together, the laborious rehearsals where everything goes wrong–when the effort of choir members seems to be lackluster at best.
Why is it that we define our lives, our day-to-day existence by the journey and not the end result? Why, when we awaken in the mornings, do we not first think of the end result, instead of the steps of drudgery we must take in order to get there?
It is really hard to let the vision of our “end result” shape our daily activities. Too often, the complaints of others, the voice of our own insecurities, memories of our past failures and overwhelming prep work destroy our vision and we give up short of that brilliant performance.
I for one, habitually awaken to the remembrance of the next step I need to take, instead of an intentional reminder of the desired “end result.”
No matter what your life’s calling…if God has given you a vision of the “end result,” if He’s given you a glimpse of who you may one day become, intentionally create reminders of that vision and stay inspired by focusing on the end result. Life can get awfully dark and dreary when the only thing we focus on is taking our next step.
Life is more than putting one foot in front of the other.
There is a vision, a finished product, a postcard finish line.
Instead of filling your calendar this month with reminders about what you need to do next to reach your goals, why don’t you fill your calendar with reminders about the vision of who you hope to become?
Here are a few reminders for me this week: