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September 9, 2013

When Everyone Else Has a Better Sunday Than You

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Written by: Tony McCollum
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Some Sundays are outstanding.  Everything just seems to click and everyone leaves happy and refreshed…even the pastor.

Then there are other Sundays which aren’t as fun.  The Sundays when there are technical problems, the sermon falls flat, the offering is down, and long-time church member, brother Judas, grabs you in the lobby to let you know what you’re doing wrong.

It’s on those Sundays that it’s hard to hear about the successes of other churches and other pastors.  Social media, of course, makes the feedback from every church across the globe instantly available and it’s easy to start to feel like you and your church were the only ones not to see the shekinah glory that weekend.

It’s then that we must remember the truths in Psalm 37:7…

Wait and trust the LORD. Don’t be upset when others get rich or when someone else’s plans succeed.  Psalm 37:7 (NCV)

We’re told in this verse to trust Him and not to fret even when it looks as if everyone else is succeeding while we’re spinning our wheels.

The truth is that not every Sunday is going to be home run, and that’s okay.  God can use doubles and singles too.  God has a long-term view and approach.  He builds His church one brick at a time; one Sunday at a time; one season at a time.

We want every Sunday to be a “harvest” Sunday but God uses every season.  Some seasons he just wants to plant seed.  In other seasons, he wants to tend to the weeds.  Sometimes he just wants to ground to lie dormant so it might recharge a bit.

The Amplified version of this verse commands us to “lean patiently” on the Lord.  That’s what trust looks like in the gritty grind of the day to day.  Leaning on Him and waiting on Him to do the things that we could never accomplish alone.

One sure sign that we understand how all this works, and we truly trust the Lord, is when we rejoice with successes of others.

There isn’t a limited amount of success out there.  It’s not like God is going to run out of the ability to bless people, or churches.

Instead of getting frustrating when successes happen all around us, we should rejoice.  It means the tide is coming it and it’s only a matter of time before your boat rises too.

Trust Him.  Rejoice with others.  Lean patiently on Him.  Your time will come.


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About the Author

Tony McCollum
I'm the senior pastor of Fusion Church. I've been in the ministry for over 20 years. I'm also the founder of many sites such as PastorMojo.com, PastorGear.com. and Creativ.co. Most importantly, I like ice cream.




 
 

 

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