What I Missed
Theme of the Week: Keep Focused on the Right Things
Monday, June 2, 2014
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Key Bible Verses: You cannot fool God, so don't make a fool of yourself! You will harvest what you plant. If you follow your selfish desires, you will harvest destruction, but if you follow the Spirit, you will harvest eternal life. (Galatians 6:7-8, CEV)
Dig Deeper: Galatians 6:7-10
As of the writing of [The Real Win,] Austin Stone Community Church is 10 years old. Those 10 years have gone by so fast. I can't believe that a decade ago I was just starting this good work. My daughter, Annie, had just been born when we planted the church. And—here's my confession—looking back at that time, I have almost no memories of my sweet little girl's first two years of life.
That fact devastates me. I was so involved with planting my church, so consumed with making sure everything ran smoothly, so absorbed in pursuing my goal and creating a success, that I missed out on an important block of my princess's young life.
I've since reconciled things with my family and have brought my life more into balance. But the story is a common one, and the question remains: Men, in our quest for success and achievement, why do things like this happen?
It's true that we men are wired to strive for goals. But here's the problem. The things we're so often striving for have a habit of letting us down. They don't deliver the win we hope they will. At the end of the day, those things don't satisfy, whether we get them or not.
—Matt Carter in The Real Win
My Response: What have I missed because of my "quest for success and achievement"? What have I enjoyed because I chose my family and/or my faith over a promotion, a job change, or some other career or personal goal?
Adapted from The Real Win by Colt McCoy and Matt Carter with Marcus Brotherton (Multnomah, 2013) by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be reproduced.
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Prayer for the Week
Heavenly Father, forgive me when I focus more on success than on obedience; impress on my heart that lasting satisfaction only comes from an ever-deepening relationship with you.
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