Big hairy audacious goals. BHAGS. This is the language of leadership literature. You should have big hairy audacious goals. But I am not so sure.
Maybe God wants you to do something small this year. Invest in your neighbor. Finish that book. Improve that one skill in ministry. Focus on that family member. Tend that little plot of earth God has given you. Nothing too big or hairy or audacious…just something small.
Maybe God wants you to do something slow this year. No more moving on, no more greener pastures…just good old stick-with-it-ness. Faithfulness. Self-control. Slow to speaking. Maybe God wants to do something that a big and hairy and audacious pace just cannot do.
Pastor Larry Osborne has said that we tend to attack change like an avalanche. We surge and rush and make a great deal of noise, but the effects of an avalanche are ultimately small. The snow melts and the story moves on. But, Osborne notes, glaciers are another story.
Glaciers are extremely slow. They move imperceptibly. Year to year, their impact is seemingly small. But as they move slowly and smally, they carve out the canyons. They affect millennial change.
We are told the Kingdom of God moves just like that. It comes in ways that cannot be observed (Luke 17:20). It starts small (Matthew 13:31). But it grows until every last thing is impacted (Daniel 2:35).
So maybe your part to play this year is slow and small. But as you walk with the King and his Kingdom, the canyons are cut for all of time.