In the second inning of game three in the Cubs playoff series against the Dodgers, with two outs and two strikes against him, Jake Arrieta hit a three run homer.
And you should have seen the dugout go crazy! You’d have thought they won the world series.
In the great scheme of things, one home run (even if there have only ever been two pitchers to hit home runs in post season play ever) isn’t statistically significant. They needed to maintain their lead for the remaining seven innings. They had only won two of the three required games to win that series and advance to the National League Championships. They still had to win nine more games to walk into the off season sporting a shiny new 2016 World Series Championship ring.
Yet there they were, grown men jumping up and down amid a shower of sunflower seeds and gatorade, hugging and high fiving.
In that moment none of what lay ahead mattered. They simply celebrated that one seemingly small success.
Imagine how different our lives would be if we celebrated our small success instead of just chasing after the next major milestone?
After all, MASTERPIECES are made one brush stroke, one stitch, one turn of the wheel, one moment at a time. We don’t have to wait for the finished product to rejoice. God’s MASTERPIECE won’t be complete side of heaven.
Let’s rejoice in the becoming.
One aced exam.
One healthy meal prepared.
One parenting win.
One presentation nailed.
One deployment day survived.
One temptation tackled.
One argument averted.
Whatever it is God has inspired you to work toward for His glory, celebrate each small success along the right path.
Because there will also be plenty of MESSES to beat ourselves up over in the process. We are going to make mistakes at least as often as major leaguers go down looking at a fast ball right across the plate. It happens. MESSES are an unavoidable side effect of life in a broken and sinful world.
The Cubs actually went on to lose that game. While disappointing, even that wasn’t the end of the series or their post season play. But if they hadn’t rejoiced over that early home run, they would have denied themselves that brief moment of joy in what turned out to be a loss. If they had allowed their demeanor to be downcast because of all the work that lay ahead, they’d have missed the opportunity to celebrate the success of one of their own teammates.
Celebrating small successes allows us to actually find enjoyment in the present moment, instead of striving and waiting and wanting for more, for the big win, for a huge accomplishment.
Waiting to be a finished MASTERPIECE steals the joy found in the process of becoming.
Those MESSES won’t matter in the end because Jesus’ sacrifice cleans them up for us. Once we take them to the cross, we can leave them behind us.
But the small successes?
They add up. When we string a few of them together, we experience the sweet taste victory.
Instead of stressing about the MESSES, celebrate the successes… no matter how small.
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