Okay with "Not yet" or "Not ever"?
By Cassaundra Kemp-
Well, it’s been a full month since PraiStones has officially launched. God has proven to be so faithful in the small and big things! We are 6 journals shy from meeting our monthly “goal” and if I’m being honest, it’s tempting to get hung up on the being “shy of it” part. But I must ask myself, why not praise God for the fact that we’re ONLY 6 journals shy?! If I sit back and really reflect, it’s amazing that we’re even in this place at all! I mean, two years ago, all we knew was that we felt impressed to launch a business that would serve to help believers commemorate God’s faithfulness. We didn’t even have a product! To be honest, we didn’t even have a name! And now? We have a name, a product, a mission, a vision, a promise and a tag line, lol! We’ve launched a Facebook page with faithful followers! We have a beautiful website. We have customers! We’ve been invited to facilitate breakout sessions, and as vendors. And…leaders from a very large organization are purchasing journals for their team members this Fall!
Why do we…or rather, why do I…tend to get hung up on what hasn’t happened yet? Or what this person is or isn’t doing? And I know that I’m not alone in this. It’s so easy for our minds to go to the negative, instead of recounting all the blessings that we are given every day…all the ways that God has already come through. Why do we rush past or skip over the details of the daily miracles and fixate on what isn’t “perfect” yet? I wonder if that’s why Paul, inspired by the Holy Spirit, encourages us with these words: “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things.” (Philippians 4:8) I’m so thankful the Lord knows our tendencies to ruminate on what’s not “good” (in our definition) and gave us a way to overcome negative thinking.
As you’re reading this, you may be saying to yourself, “Yes, that’s all well and good when you’re only talking about reaching an intended sales goal. But what about real life?? What about this sickness, this strained relationship, this job loss, this heartbreak, this (fill in the blank)”? What about those hard things that don’t seem to ever let up?...I’ve been there, am there and will be there again. But when that’s our reality, will we say like Habakkuk, “yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior”? (Habakkuk 3:18)
PraiStones is all about commemorating God’s faithfulness in our lives. That’s our mission…to provide tools to be able to look back and see a record of what God has done in the past! To keep our eyes focused on Him and our hope in who He is. It’s all about His glory anyway!
And what if what we’re seeking continues to be “not yet” or “not ever”? Can we be content in rejoicing in what God has done??
I pray that our answer is a resounding “yes”!