Peace, Paddling and Your Ambition

Peace, Paddling and Your Ambition

I’ve got some big dreams for Summit Leaders and for my writing next year. I’ve been doing lots of planning. This morning I started freaking out. I realized what was happening so I grabbed Emily and asked her to pray with me. The combination of prayer and my peaceful wife usually does the job.

I started thinking back to just a few years ago. I feel like I was a lot more content back then – back before I was all ambitious. It’s interesting how a dream in your heart can make you discontent. It can stress you out. You see where you want to be, but where you are is far from the dream in your mind.

I’m becoming increasingly convinced that if the dream in your heart is creating anxiety and stress you may be pushing too hard.

There is only so much you can do. The rest is up to God. Iraneus said, “Work as if it depends on you. Pray as if it depends on God.” The constant balancing act is figuring out what you can do and what you can’t do.

Lack of peace is a good sign that you are paddling too hard. It often means you are pushing something you weren’t meant to push.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Phil 4:6-7)

If you are feeling stressed and anxious about the future maybe it’s time you back off a little and pray. Just pray. Then, as you get insight, take the steps you can take. Be faithful and trust God to do what only he can do. The impossible.