From Start to Finish
For 30 days, I had tried to raise funds for the new worship album I’m recording soon. Over the weekend, that campaign ended.
On the surface, it was not the success I had hoped for. Obviously I would have loved for people to rally and partner with me to raise all the funds needed. I mean, people have raised into the tens of thousands of dollars (or more) on this same platform for all kinds of genres of music albums, scientific museums, comedians, and all sorts of projects so why not?
I made sure to read the materials from the site about having a successful campaign. I did what I could to follow in the footsteps of other successful projects. I learned from the best and tried to follow the ‘rules’ as they were applicable here. Still in the end, we raised just over 10% of the total needed.
It’s times like these that I have to step back and remember that it’s not in my hands. You can do everything “right” and still not have the desired outcome.
I’m happy once again that the parable of the talents in Matthew 25 doesn’t end with the master saying, “well done, you influential and successful servant.” Instead the first two servants heard the master’s pleasure based on how they conducted themselves,
“Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.” –Matthew 25:23
His emphasis was not on how much came back, but on the fact that the servant had used his talents and been faithful with something small. That’s different than we normally discern things. We see someone successful and deduce that God is with them. This may be the case and it may not. Only God and that person know about whether they are faithful or not.
Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. –Ephesians 6:13
That’s all I can do. Stay faithful and do everything I can with the wisdom He gives. Honestly, there is very little I would have or be doing if I used the “what’s easy?” method to discern God’s will. I wouldn’t be pastoring in Alaska. I wouldn’t have any of our three adopted kids. I probably wouldn’t have recorded any previous worship albums.
There’s a start so there has to be a finish. I’m not giving up because of a setback or because it’s not as easy as I had hoped. I know this album is something God has his hand on and I truly believe it will touch people’s lives. I am so thankful for those who have chosen to participate and I don’t want to try to figure out why others didn’t (or haven’t yet). I’ll keep sharing my vision and asking people to be a partner.
How about you? Do ever fall into the trap of thinking God’s will equals success by your or the world’s standards? Do you have trouble maintaining faithfulness when you don’t see the results?