Yes – it is graduation season. Not a day goes by that I don’t see a stream of pics of caps, gowns and diplomas on my social media timelines. Whether it is a kindergartner getting ready to go to 1st grade or an accomplished scholar completing their doctorate, the emotions are all the same. Excitement, a sense of accomplishment and pride, and a tinge of fear of what is on the other side of the promotion all surround these momentous occasions. But what about the times when promotion isn’t highlighted? What about the small happenings and triumphs we endure daily that go unnoticed?
Yesterday I had a somewhat ordinary meeting with my pastor where I let him know that I needed to step back from a leadership position because I work at another church. I am not present on Sundays and in my opinion, it’s out of order for me to lead. He reluctantly agreed with me and appreciated me coming forward to have that conversation with him. Ordinary. But I knew deep down inside something larger had happened. You see, in times past I have been a habitual non-finisher and walk away-er. I was the type of person who was hard to pin down because I would be tossed and driven by my feelings. If I didn’t feel like doing something, I wouldn’t. If I felt like quitting, I would. My life is littered with incompletions.
Becoming a leader and someone that others depends on requires much more of me than the quitter I once was though. It wasn’t until my seeds of inconsistency reaped a harvest in my life of broken promises and dreams sold that I realized I had to tighten up my act. So yesterday’s ordinary meeting revealed an extraordinary growth point for me.
As I prepared to lie down in bed and read my book last night, I had to pause and reflect. I couldn’t even move or open the book to proceed with my nightly reading. I felt the presence of God so strongly and I heard “well done.” I had dreaded the meeting and having to walk away from leading the ministry I was so passionate about. I didn’t want to disappoint my team, my pastor or God. But to hear that still, small voice affirm that I had done well arrested me. The only other time I recall having such confidence and affirmation of finishing something was when I graduated with my masters degree after being instructed to stay the course through intense hardship.
I knew in that moment that I was in a graduation season. I felt the emotions of excitement, a sense of accomplishment and pride, and a tinge of fear of what is on the other side in this new season. I’ve walked with God long enough to know that all things work together and they almost never seemingly connect, but they do. My submitting to authority, operating in order and excellence and completing my task properly will likely reap a harvest of breakthrough in another totally unrelated area of my life. That’s just how God works.
Take a moment to examine yourself and the path that you are on. What areas are you stuck in? Where can you improve? Where can you be more consistent, honest, or gracious? Those areas may or may not be directly related, but allow me to encourage you to step up and perform on a higher level in the small, seemingly unimportant things. Then watch God put His super on your natural and bring about a graduation season in your life.