Consider your own journey. To what consistent practices do you give yourself day after day, whether sunshine or blizzard? What disciplines do you embrace whether or not you feel like it? ~ Jeff Manion, Dream Big, Think Small, pg. 42-43
Pastor Jeff Manion highlighted the 1911 South Pole expedition embarked upon by Great Britain’s Robert Falcon Scott and Norway’s Roald Amundsen. One of these men and their team would be the first to reach the South Pole. Each man chose a different strategy. Scott’s team hammered out as many miles as possible in favorable conditions and rested in bad weather. However, Amundsen’s team set a goal of 20 miles a day regardless of the conditions.
Amundsen’s team reached the South Pole first and returned to base camp safely. In contrast, Scott’s team arrived at the South Pole exhausted and in second place. Worse, Scott’s team died on the return trip. Aesop was on to something with the tortoise and the hare. Slow and steady demonstrates how disciplined progress aids our movement toward a meaningful goal.
Volunteering for a weekend at your church, donating a portion from each paycheck, daily Bible reading and prayer, or consistent exercise transform into a legacy of faithfulness. We become faithful servants, generous givers, obedient disciples, and healthy individuals through daily, repetitive, and disciplined routines.
Over the next six weeks, we’ll explore, learn, and grow in this challenging area of faithful living by working through the book, Dream Big, Think Small. To dream big, think small is to pay close attention to the daily habits and routines that lead to a slow and steady journey through life that culminates in a dramatically faithful legacy.
Take a few moments to engage the challenge on page 45 of Dream Big, Think Small. Write down your seemingly too-big-to-conquer goal and plan the first step. Identify the holy discipline you will give yourself to consistently—whether sunshine or blizzard.