I’ve been struggling with something a little lately, and my guess is that you do too at times. I get so caught up in the next big thing, that I forget to be thankful for the current season. I get so focused on what is next and new, that I forget all about the here and now. How about you? Yeah, I thought so.
Since my family is so sports-centered, I’ve been thinking a lot about the “off-season.” We tend to live for the big things. The start of a new job, graduations, relationships, promotions, and the list goes on. We try to live from one big thing to the next and merely survive the time in between. This time could be days, weeks, months, or even years. We don’t see anything significant in the time between one big thing and the next. I find myself guilty of this all the time. We miss too much time that we could enjoy by considering it the wait for the next big thing. But please, please understand: EVERY MOMENT IS SIGNIFICANT.
You may be in the “off-season,” but you still have work to do. Athletes use the off-season to prepare for the next season. They use it to become stronger and smarter. They evaluate their prior performances and determine a plan for improvement. True athletes know that champions are made in the off-season. The same goes for believers.
There is a purpose for the season you are in currently. It may be a big time, or it may feel like an off-season. No matter the season, it is not a waste. This may be the season that you gain the knowledge or resources to excel in your next season. It is important. It is a time to seek the Kingdom in full force. The times when God seems silent are the seasons that He is preparing the biggest blessings. Don’t waste another second. Get out there and train harder than ever before.
It won’t be easy though. The enemy wants to convince you that this season holds no significance. He wants to pull you further from the Kingdom and throw you off course. If you get distracted and don’t train in your off season, you won’t be ready for the big things to come. You could miss the experiences or knowledge you were meant to get during this season that will prepare you for bigger things. Don’t let the enemy steal your future. Take it back!
Every second counts. Don’t miss what is going on now because you can’t wait to get to the next thing. Take the time to learn all that you can in your off-season. Slow down and enjoy every moment that is given to you. And maybe, just maybe, you’ll discover that this isn’t an off season at all!