Let me ask...
How many of you are already discouraged because you know you're not where you want to be in your worship of God?
How many of you are already discouraged because you know you're not reading your Bible as often as you'd like?
Let me say this - please DO NOT be discouraged!!
Why? Let me explain - I'm not where I want to be with those things either. And I'm the lead pastor.
I'm learning that I need to choose each day (and sometimes each hour) to honor God with whatever it is that I'm doing (and if I'm not honoring God with what I'm doing, maybe I shouldn't be doing it).
Life is difficult sometimes. You're NOT perfect. Stop trying to be perfect right now and start trying to see progress right now.
A wise man once said, "be not afraid of moving too slowly... Be only afraid of standing still." The wise man I heard say that was Wilson, from the tv show Home Improvement.
I agree with what he said... In our culture of "I want what I want, and I want it now," we expect perfection right away, and when we don't see it, we want to quit... And when we do, we fall right into the enemy's trap. We begin believing the lie that we can't change... That we're not good enough... That something's wrong with us... That everyone else has this figured out and we're so far behind everyone, we should just quit.
That's the lie we believe.
But here's the truth - we CAN change. We CAN grow. We CAN be more. We CAN do more. Not because we're wonderful, but because God is!! Hebrews 10:23, among other verses, makes that PLAIN for us to see. “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.”
He is faithful. Even when we're not. Therefore, don't lose heart. Keep pressing on!!