Size of the mountain – focus?

By Dave Henning / February 26, 2022

“If you focus on the size of the mountain, you’ll quit before you start.  The marathon monks can’t see all the way around the mountain.  So . . . they focus one hundred feet in front of themselves, and they keep putting one foot in front of the other.  They are plodders, par excellence!”- Mark Batterson

“If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move.”- Matthew 17:20 (NIV)

Mark Batterson concludes Day 5 of Do It for a Day as he reminds us of the two dimensions of habit formation he previously introduced.  The two – harder is better and slower is faster.  Now Mark adds one more to the mix: smaller is bigger.

Although a mustard seed measures two millimeters in diameter, it grows into a nine-foot tree.  Furthermore, the seed contains vitamins A, B6, B12, C, E, and K.  Also, the seed has anti-inflammatory properties.  Hence, while we plant and water, God gives the increase.  Because nothing is too big or too small for God.  Therefore, Mark exhorts:

“Don’t despise the day of small beginnings!  Just as God’s power is made perfect in weakness, His sovereignty is revealed in our smallness. . . .  Quit worrying about outcomes, and keep planting mustard seeds of faith.”

In conclusion, Pastor Batterson notes, Benjamin Franklin constantly pursued self-improvement.  As a result, Franklin identified thirteen virtues he desired to cultivate.  Consequently, he developed a ‘habit journal’ to measure and maintain those virtues.

However, as Franklin admitted, he failed to perfect any of those thirteen virtues.  Instead, he fell far short.  Yet, Franklin said:

“Yet I was, by the endeavor, a better and happier man than I otherwise should have been if I had not attempted it.”

So, Mark encourages you, take inventory of whatever habit you’re trying to make or break.  When you create a feedback loop, you keep at it one day at a time.  As you circle the mountain.

Today’s quest: What Bible verses help you take your focus off the size of the mountain?  Please share.

Tomorrow’s blog: “Physical posture – a powerful prompt”

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