Every good golfer knows that the best game is slow and steady–or as I’d like to call it “boring golf!” The goal is to hit the ball straight into the fairway, up on the green, and one putt in. Seems simple, right? However, if you have ever played golf before, you would know that this is actually very difficult to do!
Much like a great golfer, I liken my faith to that concept: Slow and Steady wins the race. In sports, in life, and in our faith walk. I want to leave a legacy of stability and an example of strength in moving confidently with the timing of God. I would rather build my faith, my ministry, and my relationships on a solid foundation in which I am always growing.
I want to be known as a man and as a pastor who has stood the test of time and finished my race for faith diligently and quietly with humility and steadfastness. I pray for God’s covering to stay off of satan’s lying lips: no drama, no breakups, drugs or divorces. By staying on fire for Jesus, I let him sort out the messes in my life, and keep my eyes focused on his plan and purpose.
It is very common in our culture to get off track of our God-given mission by looking to the left or the right, and being distracted with what everyone else is doing. We get caught up focusing on the next big conference speaker or popular worship band, all the while forgetting that God has a plan just as important for our lives! You are an original, created BY God, FOR God! No one else can fulfill your purpose but YOU!
My advice to every christian to keep a slow and steady pace of faith:
~Stay hot for Jesus. Keep your focus on Him first.
~Stay in your lane! Don’t get caught looking to the left or the right. God has called you to your pasture for a season and a reason. Stay there!
~Remember what gets hot quick gets cold quick too. Steadfastness and humility go a LONG WAY! You may never be the next big conference speaker or televangelist, but you can be the greatest pastor to those 100 people that you shepherd!
“To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world!” Don’t ever take that for granted! Run your race with diligence and watch God bless you in the littlest things!
I don’t know about you, but being the biggest pastor in the world and losing it all because I couldn’t handle the pressure (insert whatever reason here) doesn’t sound like much fun to me! Call me boring, or call me “safe”, but I would rather be a faithful pastor of few than the unfaithful pastor to many.
Now, let’s set our intention and all go play some boring golf together! Foreeee!