It is said you need to know where you’ve been before you can know where you are going. Reflecting 2015 will help give you resolution for 2016.
When I reflect on the “Moving On After Moving In” class I hosted this fall, my hope in the beginning was that it would be impressive. So many people are moving to the area, I expected a large enrollment. I really wanted to help movers know God better and depend on Him in their move. But a desire to be impressive for God became an idol that was competing for importance over impacting people for God. God doesn’t need me to be impressive, He is impressive. He asks us to impact the world not impress it.
On that first class morning, I sat expectantly, prayed over and prepared. God sent 1 person. I actually wondered what I did wrong. I turned over my disappointment to God because in Isaiah 49:23 he promises “those who hope in me will not be disappointed.” I realized what I did wrong was to put my hope in being impressive, not in God.
I refocused my prayers and heart towards impacting whoever showed up. As new women came God built a community that leaned Him, on the book, and each other. I became more and more impressed with God and how he was weaving each woman’s story for their good and his glory.
The picture for this blog post is a windmill panel that is signed by each woman that attended the first “Moving On After Moving In” class in the Prosper, TX area. Each name represents a life that impacted me. Through that class I learned way more than I taught. I was impressed way more than I was impressive. I learned to care more about impacting people than impressing people.