I won’t sugar-coat this reality: waiting can be a frustrating and sometimes intimidating process for any one of us…
Consider these 11 tips:
- Reject a “false start.” Think of the Biblical story of when Abraham and Sarah solicited Hagar to “help” them achieve what God promised them. Read more HERE.
- Enjoy the “right now” and the ability to appreciate what you’ve accomplished already.
- Believe that there is a “bigger picture.”
- Trust that God’s plans for you are good. We can’t “out-perform” God’s goodness and strategic purpose.
- Avoid obsessing over your calendars. Yes, be wise and plan accordingly. But understand God’s timing doesn’t function in ours.
- Pray, ponder, and think before you act. Are you tempted to “rush” as a direct result of an emotional reaction to something in your environment? This can be a good and bad thing. Discern if you need a moment to cool down or if an immediate course of action needs to be taken.
- Resist comparing your agenda to someone else’s life and timeline.
- Rest. Turn off the phone, tv, and other noise. Simply take a moment to pause and rejuvenate.
- Realize your growth potential. No other experience can compare to the kind rooted in patience, endurance, and perseverance.
- Prepare. Work on you. Get centered in the Word of God concerning you (example devotional: http://www.dailyaudiobible.com). Journal. Travel (safely of course). Talk to mentors. Socialize with like-minded and supportive friends. Read/Learn. Follow through on the things you can do right now.
- Pray always. Surrender your will, emotions, and every part of you that is tempted to get unfocused.