Long-term Dreams Often Happen Through Short-Term Results

Ryan Egan —  May 2, 2011 — 3 Comments

Have you been discouraged lately?  I have.  However, something just occurred to me this morning that is probably obvious to most of you and should have been obvious to me: the results of long-term vision don’t always manifest themselves in seeing big things happen right away.

Sometimes the results are quick, obvious, and full of dramatic impact.  However, much more often they are small victories over time that you don’t even notice.  So today, I’m celebrating the small results that have slowly impacted our congregation, specifically in my area of ministry and I’d love to share them.

3 and a half years ago we looked like this:

  • Two regular piano players and a handful of singers
  • An informal audio ministry that consisted of “whoever was willing to do it”
  • Meeting in a school doing portable church every Sunday
  • Hit-or-miss rehearasals

Today we look like this:

  • 6 regular piano players, an organist, 3 acoustic guitarists (and more in the congregation not playing ), one lead guitar (and more in the congregation not playing yet), two percussionists (and more in the congregation not playing yet), almost 20 singers (and more in the congregation not singing yet), and extra instruments from time to time
  • An organized audio ministry with a competent leader
  • Having our own beautiful facility to meet in
  • Consistent rehearsals (for the most part)
  • A music planning team that is highly invested in selecting good music for our meetings

Yes, we do still have some bugs and trials to work out with much of the ministry, but looking back at the past 3 and a half years I am amazed and extremely encouraged.

Question: what fruit have you seen God produce in the last few years that is greatly encouraging to you?

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Ryan is a follower of Christ, husband, father, worship leader, & creative. He is heavily involved in the Association of Free Lutheran Churches and desires to teach others to live a life of worship in everything they do.
  • http://www.facebook.com/MarkISnyder Mark Snyder

    Great advice Ryan.  The little things mean a lot, and watching God build things through opening a door, then another door.  We are great visionaries and we see what could be, but we need to rejoice in what is and the little things that happen.  As they start to happen more frequently, you can be sure God is working in it.  I have seen this in our worship music projects.  For a while it was something positive happening once a week.  Now I see things once a day or more sometimes.  One must be faithful to follow up on the little things that present opportunities.

  • Amber

    Thank you for this reminder! I’ve been feeling a bit discouraged, too. But big change doesn’t happen overnight! Absolutely right.

  • http://www.iamanoffering.com iamanoffering

    I need to remind myself often! And I’m thankful for good friends and mentors who also remind me. Thanks for stopping by, Amber!