Pioneers are all about moving forward. They are only focused on leaving the old and embracing new things.
Yes. I agree. But I also disagree.
Friends of mine recently moved from one place to go back to where they lived before. I imagine people asking them why were they going back and asking it in such a way that it comes across as negative.
But going back doesn’t have to be negative. In the same way that an arrow is pulled back to be launched, going back can be he same for us.
We can pioneer by going back to the old, to embrace doing things in a new way. That’s what some of my friends are doing and they are pioneering a new path for themselves and their family.
Hope you’ve enjoyed these pioneer posts. Let me know what you think.
Check out previous posts here…
Do Something Ordinary
Commit to the Journey
Maybe pioneering is about knowing exactly where you headed and working hard for that outcome.
We can look at people from history and assume that’s what they did and maybe for some that was the case.
For most though there is endless amounts of trial and error. There is a desire to do something without knowing exactly where it might lead.
Pioneering maybe then is about committing to the journey, working hard but as a Christian then trusting God for the outcome.
After all, God works all things together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purposes [Romans 8:28]
What might it be like for us if we just commit to the journey? What might the difference be like if we stop focusing too much on the end result and take the opportunities available right now?
I think pioneering is less about the grand and more about doing what you can. What do you think?
Following on from yesterday two more thoughts in regard to pioneering.
Do we really need to do something crazy, epic or extraordinary? I don’t think so. That’s quite a challenge and maybe out of reach for most of us.
I’m more of an advocate for just doing something.
“So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. [Romans 12:1 MSG]
Maybe it’s more about just doing something simple, small and normal. Taking what you have and putting it to use. Just making the most of an opportunity in from of you is probably a good place to start.
Love your neighbour – cut their grass, put the bin away
Invite someone to church
Be a good friend
Two alternative thoughts each day this week about pioneering from my message this Sunday. Just a different way to think.
If we way this then maybe we make pioneering too exclusive. What have others never done that we could do? That may be the excuse we are looking for to not even bother trying.
Yet one definition of pioneering is to be someone who takes the LED and therefore becomes an example. This means that we don’t have to find a brand new something that others haven’t done.
Just do something YOU haven’t done before.
For example, my church, Xcel are about to officially become 1 church in 4 locations, with Xcel Bangalore launching on Sunday 28th August.
We are not the first church to launch another location. Does that mean we are not pioneering? Of course not. We are the evidence of the second statement and pioneering by doing something we have never done before.
What could you do that you have not done?
Did you read Psalm 37? Did you see how full it is of great words and promises from God? Did you gain encouragement from the Word? Did you see how much God is on your side?
Look at the phrases used:
- Fret not
- Don’t be envious
- Trust in the Lord
- Delight yourself in the Lord
- Commit your ways to Him
- Be still
- Refrain from anger
If I spend my time looking around at how others are doing and I begin to compare my life with theirs, then I may well experience some of these emotions. Yet Gods word is simple ~ don’t. Instead trust me, commit to me, delight in me and I will take of the rest.
Those who wait on God inherit
Those who remain meek shall have peace
The Lord will uphold those who stay right with Him
He will establish my steps
This is what the word of God always does for me ~ it reminds that in staying close to God, He stays close to me, protects me, blesses me and helps me as I continue to walk through life. There really is no better place to be.
“The salvation of the righteous is from the Lord; he is their stronghold in the time of trouble. The Lord helps them and delivers them; he delivers them from the wicked and saves them, because they take refuge in him.” Psalms 37:39-40 ESV
What did God say to you?
For me walking with God involves regularly reading His word. This week I have shared thoughts and reflections as I read through the Psalms. Check them out…
Taste & See
God Has Our Back
Eat, Drink & Merry
Why not try it for yourself. Psalm 37 is amazing and jam-packed full of wisdom. I’ll share my thoughts tomorrow.
Look at it. Reflect on what you’re reading.
Learn from it. What am I reading, what is God saying to me.
Apply it. Put the Word into action.
That may seem to simple but reading the Bible doesn’t need to be complicated. We don’t need to look for some deep hidden meaning in the verse when more often than not it’s actually really clear what God is trying to say to us.
Enjoy reading the Bible. Never see it as a chore that must be completed. Just start and be expectant for what might jump out from the page into your heart and allow it have an impact on your life.
“How precious is your steadfast love, O God! The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings. They feast on the abundance of your house, and you give them drink from the river of your delights. For with you is the fountain of life; in your light do we see light.” Psalms 36:7-9 ESV
Read this and just loved the picture of feasts and fountains.
When walking with God we will become aware that everything we need for life is available in Him. Yet we often live life as if we have forgotten this simple truth.
His steadfast love provides a safe place for us, a place of protection. But more than that, we can benefit from all that is ours.
We can feast on all that God provides.
We can drink from the river of life.
We can stand under the fountain that brings us life.
It’s so simple – eat, drink and be merry.
These verses reminded me today that all I need really is found in God, He is more than enough.
The challenge for me is remembering this and choosing at the start of each day to position myself well, within the safety of His precious love, as close to Him as possible.
“Vindicate me, O Lord, my God, according to your righteousness, and let them not rejoice over me!” Psalms 35:24 ESV
We can be guilty sometimes of expending far too much energy fighting for different things..
- for our rights
- for our opinion to be heard
- for justifying our decisions
- for getting ahead of others
- for protecting ourselves
Walking with God can bring about awkward moments, difficult decisions and maybe cause conflict with those in our world. But here’s what we must do…
Remember to call upon the Lord.
Remember that the Lord is with you, in all things.
Remember you are the Lords.
Inam challenged that instead of trying to work it out for myself I need the cry of ‘vindicate me’ be my shout.
In doing so I am remembering that He will vindicate me. He will clear me of blame or suspicion. He will make things right. He will bring justice if needed. He will reward me for standing in faith.