We are living in a world of emoticons. I admit to my overuse of the smiley face collection. Have you been guilty of this as well?
As an added bonus, emoticons now come with a choice of captions. Here’s a sample: “feeling happy,” “feeling confused,” “feeling accomplished.”
What makes you feel accomplished?
Honestly, I have to say, I don’t feel accomplished often. I wonder if you’ve felt that way too. It doesn’t mean we haven’t accomplished anything, but perhaps it means we’re continually looking ahead to the next task, chapter, event, and didn’t take time to check off a box on the to-do list.
You probably think I’m going to say that’s a bad thing, but I’m not. Stick with me here.
Take Paul. Who doesn’t love the man? A huge chunk of the New Testament birthed through him; counting his trials as joy; persecuted, yet pressing on; traveling miles by rough seas and dusty lands; witnessing miraculous conversions (including his own. He was a messed up dude before Jesus grabbed hold of him. Kind of sounds familiar).
I’m sure we’d agree, Paul had a multitude of accomplishments. Do you think he felt accomplished? I wonder.
How about Acts 16? Paul & Silas, in jail, praising, singing, earthquake, sharing the Gospel, Philippian jailer and household saved, baptized. Can you just Imagine?
Do you think Paul felt accomplished after that one? Patting himself on the back, saying “well there you go God, I think that just about does it for me. I’ll take it easy now, and let some of those young ones take over the ministry. I’m getting way too old for this.” Um no.
Press. Toward. The. Goal.
I have a theory as to why we don’t feel as accomplished as we’d like to.
We don’t feel accomplished because we’re not finished.
If you’re not a believer, this probably sounds exhausting. If you are a believer this definitely sounds exciting.
It’s time to share the truth, and tell the nations. Jesus passed the baton; let’s not drop it.
When I walk through the gates of Heaven, I want to hear my Lord say, “well done good and faithful servant.”
For it is the Lord who accomplishes His plan through us.
I want to see people there because I spoke truth into their lives through the Spirit within me. How about you?
Then I shall click “Feeling Accomplished” and mean it.