What is the key to success? It seems there are different things in different situations. Sometimes, the key is being silent, sometimes it’s speaking up. However you look at it, there seems to be a common thread in successful people: they show up.
Recently, I was at an event with a friend. I tagged along with them as they were going to help some people out. We ended up being pretty excited, then getting fairly disappointed upon arrival. It seemed there were too many bodies and not enough to do.
As one of my friends was talking about the discouragement and how she felt we’d be better to just leave, I was struck by something. I told her, “Yeah, but you showed up. That’s what’s most important.” For me, I’ve worked with churches and organizations for year, and I’ve NEVER seen too many volunteers show up before! It was incredible. How cool would it be if there were always too many people?!
Just Show Up
Anyways, this revelation of ‘showing up’ didn’t just hit me in that moment. I was at church the Sunday before (or after?) and I did NOT feel it! Haha. I was really frustrated and tired. The last thing I ‘felt like’ doing was singing with joy and happiness… but I showed up. I told God, I’m here. I’m not feeling it, but I’m here. I’m available, if you want to do something, I’m open to it. Honestly, my attitude wasn’t the best, but my heart was open.
God totally showed up. Through all of that, he moved in a miraculous way. Honestly, it didn’t seem like anything really changed after that, things were still messy and difficult, but God did something in my heart and gave me grace for the day.
Being Present is Powerful
As my friend and I were sitting in the bleachers looking out on everything, we finally saw our opportunity! All of a sudden, the amount of people had died down and there was more work to do. Our window of opportunity.
I love this! I think showing up is one of the most important things we can do. Our feelings are so fickle, but showing up says something about our character and our trust in God. Even in friendships, yeah, it’s nice when you get a one time compliment or sometimes you have a quick friendship that lasts a moment. But when you have people who continually show up, day after day, committing to the good and the ugly in life, that’s real friendship. Those are the people you hold on to forever.
This encouraged me because, sometimes I’m super tired and I simply don’t have the energy to go out and evangelize (or I legit don’t know what to do or say). But I can still show up! One of my verses which I’ve quoted a lot and I consistently come back to is Isaiah 26:12 “Lord, you establish peace for us; all that we have accomplished you have done for us.” See?! I think we put so much pressure on people to be perfect and act perfectly. But right here it tells us that God is the one at work in us and through us. It’s not an opportunity for us to be lazy, but to realize that God has it! He’s got you covered. He has me covered. It’s all in his hands.
You don’t have to do spiritual jiu jitsu, just keep showing up. Keep showing up in your relationships. Keep showing up at your job. Keep showing up in your prayer life. Keep getting into the word. Tell God, I’m here. I don’t know what to do and I’m not feeling it right now, but I’m available and willing. I’m present.
Let’s keep in touch!