The Worst, Best Life Success Strategy

The Worst, Best Life Success Strategy

I had some really high hopes for this year. I was certain that starting in January I’d see the fruit of lots of preparation. Instead I got total discouragement. Solomon said, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick.” (Pr. 13:12) That was me. Totally discouraged.

I was sharing my frustration with my friend Russell. He smiled and said one word, “Abide.” He then went on to quote John 15:4 (below). Something within me said, That’s what you need to do. So for the past several months I’ve been doing my best to just abide. I spend lots of time in prayer. I keep working hard, but I stopped pushing.

This has been no easy task.

In fact, it goes against pretty much everything I’ve ever believed. I grew up watching hyper-spiritual people who were believing God for a miracle but were sitting there not taking obvious steps they needed to take. They seemed spiritual but they were, in fact, lazy. So I ran from any theology that said to just sit there.

But truth is, there comes a point when you’ve done all you can do in preparation for where you feel God is taking you. When you reach that point you stop and wait. You’ve planted the seeds. Keep a close eye to make sure they are staying cared for. But ultimately it’s God who brings the harvest. So you just abide.

If you are feeling frustrated and discouraged that nothing seems to be happening in a relationship, ministry, career, or finances I’d encourage you to just abide. Do the work. Plant the seeds. Stay faithful. But remember that it’s God who brings the results. So you can stop pushing.

The harvest will come.

Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:4-5