What would you change if you could snap your fingers and make something different?
(Go ahead -- take a moment to think about it. I’ll wait.)
I mean, wouldn’t it be great if life worked like that -- if we could alter reality with the twitch of our nose, or the snap of our fingers?
But oftentimes, there are no quick fixes in life. The test of whether we truly want something is often found in our continued willingness to strive and suffer for that unrealized dream.
And while, I believe, God could “perfect us in love” in a snap, the process of becoming who we were created to be, generally happens slowly, over time. It takes time for disciples of Jesus to truly believe that patience is a virtue, that joy can be had in the midst of struggle, and that loving our neighbor really is the litmus test for how much we actually love God.
The decisions we make today become habits tomorrow. Our habits become a harvest of cultural expectations. And that culture we help create will shape us, AND the people around us, AND the people who come after us.
So while we may not be able to change something instantly, let us never forget the power of the decisions we make TODAY. Perhaps that’s why Paul wrote, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” - Galatians 6:9