I don’t remember the speaker, let alone the message. I only remember the moment God reached into my soul and clearly began speaking to me. I knew it. was time to get serious, I knew this moment was a life changing moment.
Of course, I’ve had life changing moments before, they rarely stuck long past the moment. Perhaps you can relate? We sometimes refer to this as the camp experience. We return from these highs determined to be ALL IN for Jesus and it lasts for a few weeks before our normal rhythm and routine eventually win out over the pull to give it all for God.
This time was different. Not because of the moment itself, but because of what happened afterward. I changed my rhythms and routines.
I left that moment determined to make the changes I felt were necessary. The first of which was getting serious about my morning routine. I had a loose, unstructured, albeit inconsistent routine, but now I needed to step it up. I decided I needed to read. I’m not an over acheiver, I decided to read five pages a day. That may seem insignificant, but five pages a day is enough to get through most leadership / spiritual growth books in four to six weeks.
The first book I read was called The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy and it changed my life. The simple message was that small things done consistently over long periods of time yield big results. This resonated deeply because I’ve had a lot of BIG MOMENTS that didn’t amount to jack. What if I stopped trying to have big life chanigng moments and just changed my life, a little at a time.
I sat down and crafted a morning routine that, while I’ve added some flexibility and made tweaks along the way has aboslutely changed my life over the last four years.
I want to be clear, the first two years had me wondering if this thing was even working. That’s right I said TWO YEARS. I didn’t see any real results from my consistency for almost two full years, but once I did it was clear the power of the compound effect. Now four years in, I can tell you without any doubt this works.
I think of planting seeds in the ground. It takes time for the growth happening beneath the surface to burst throug the soil and become visible. Too often we don’t see the visible results of our life so we give up without realizing that the growth inside us is in process. If only we would remain consistent we would see big results.
Colossians 2:6-7 (NLT) And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. 7 Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.
I want to encourage you today to keep readying scripture. Keep pursuing God through prayer. I know there are seasons where you’ve felt like your prayers are empty and you’re study of scripture is yielding no results. I want to assure today that this is NOT wasted time. You are putting in the hard effort of growth. Keep watering your soul, nourishing your spirit with consistent daily pursuit of Jesus. Eventually you will see fruit like you’ve never known and it was beyond worth it.