Pounding the pavement – seeding the clouds

By Dave Henning / May 9, 2021

“Seeding the clouds isn’t waiting to win the lottery!  It’s pounding the pavement. . . .  making things happen. . . .  We need a holy urgency.  Not the kind that is born of nervousness; the kind that is born of God-given passion.  The kind that comes from a place of rest, an eighth rest.”- Mark Batterson

Mark Batterson concludes Chapter 13 of Win the Day as he cautions against falling into the when/then trap.  That trap?  Believing we’ll find true happiness when we find ourselves in a certain set of circumstances.  But, the when/then trap never ends.  Therefore, we need to be honest with ourselves and call it for what it is — someday sickness.

Hence, Pastor Batterson exhorts, make a predecision to enjoy the journey.  No matter what, when, or where.  And, as the author urges, make opportunity rather than find it.  Furthermore, Mark stresses:

“If you wait until you’re ready, you’ll be waiting the rest of your life.  You’ll never find perfect conditions, and you’ll never be ready.  My mantra?  If you get a green light from God — go, set, ready!”

On September 26, 1855, John D. Rockefeller walked into a Cleveland merchant company and got his first job.  As an assistant bookkeeper.  Then sixteen, he made fifty cents a day.  However, this occurred only after Rockefeller committed to pounding the pavement six days a week for six weeks.  As a result, for the rest of his life John celebrated September 26th as Job Day.  He always took it as a personal holiday.

In conclusion, Pastor Batterson underscores, you need to live day by day if you desire to stress less and accomplish more.  And, the author concludes, number your days — one at a time:

“Don’t worry about next week, next month, or next year.  All you have to do is seed the clouds, and God will make it rain.  Go 1-0 today, and tomorrow will be better than today. . . .  No habit is too hard, with God’s help.  No goal is too big, if it glorifies God.  Why not you?  Why not now?  There is no time like the present.  Seed the clouds!”

Today’s question:   How do you seed the clouds through pounding the pavement?  Please share.

Tomorrow’s blog: “Life symbols – overcoming spiritual amnesia”

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