What do you think of when you think of King David? When he killed Goliath? When he became king? His affair with Bathsheba? Most people think of those “big” things in his life; we rarely think about the seemingly mundane moments of his life…. like when he was practicing his sling shot in the field, the many hours he spent practicing his harp, or the many lonely nights he spent watching the sheep.
In life, it is easy to remember the “big” moments (i.e., weddings, births of children, deaths, major milestones), however life is really made up of the little moments. We tend to celebrate the big moments. The seemingly insignificant things most often prepare us for the big things in life. We need to remember that there are opportunities on the journey. We need to focus on what is important, stop making excuses and stop the entitlement mentality.
The following START acronym is very helpful to help us appreciate the seemingly everyday moments in our lives:
Stop making excuses
Take an inventory of your life
Trust that God has it
Focus on What is Important
What is really the most important thing in your life? Is it your walk with the Lord? The first step is to tell God how desperately you need Him. Look for the opportunities set before you…people you can witness to, people you can encourage or help. If people are important to you, how are you treating them? Are you appreciating your spouse?
Stop Making Excuses
Moses was full of excuses when the Lord told him to lead the Israelites out of Egypt:
The Lord said, “So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”
But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” Exodus 3:10-11
God had been preparing Moses for this moment his whole life! Moses was raised in the Egyptian palace. He had spent many years as a shepherd.
We tend to make excuses when things are hard. However, we will be able to what God asks of us if we trust Him.
Stop the Entitlement Mentality
We are not entitled to anything! Our lives are about what God has intended for us, not what we have intended for ourselves.