We treasure mountaintop experiences, don’t we?
Affirmation of excellent work we have done. A promotion (and a raise!). Seeing a coworker prosper from your leadership or mentoring. A powerfully successful meeting as a result of the weeks of prepping you did. Hearing an inspirational speaker like those at 2017 Workmatters Leadercast. And of course, a memorable vacation with family or friends!
We also have mountaintop experiences in our faith. Times where God takes us incredibly deep with Him. Moments when our relationship with Jesus brings us to a higher place. The difference in those faith mountaintop experiences is that they often come during seasons of great trial and difficulty.
My heart’s desire is to stay on the mountaintop, especially in my faith. But this is life. We have both highs and lows.
So how do you better manage through the lows using the experiences you’ve had during the highs?
The goal is to use the high’s as fuel, as equipping;
not just to struggle through day-to-day life.
But to make those days purpose-driven days!
To do battle, to share our story boldly, to enjoy life at work and at home!
Here are a few ideas for you to process and pray about to make that statement real:
1. God likes to keep us looking forward, especially to greater things!
“No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.” –Philippians 3:13-14 NLT
2. The nature of our Father God is to give us exceedingly more than we can imagine.
“… that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.” –Ephesians 3:19-20 NIV
3. Reminders of your mountaintops are both healthy and a good way to encourage you to be purposeful in the valleys.
My mentor has a quote hanging above a bulletin board (full of fun pictures and amazing moments) in his kitchen for everyone to see. It says: “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.“
4. The Fruit of the Spirit is priceless!
MasterCard’s award winning “Priceless” campaign launched in 1997 ran in 98 countries and 46 languages. Why? The value of a memory is greater than money and lasts longer than money. What God gives us is even more valuable!!
“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” –Galatians 5:22-23 NLT
Let’s be grateful for those precious mountaintop experiences and allow them to encourage us onward. But, let’s equally embrace those periods in between and make every day a purpose-driven day!
Your work matters,