Life is built on a sequence of events played out over time.

I can’t buy my next guitar until I sell my present guitar. Which I just did.

(Enjoy, Mark R.)

I couldn’t write this post until I got here to Hawaii. Between the build up to Easter, the launching of our North Campus, and leading worship and speaking at Redline Conference, I haven’t had anything more to give a public. This post was conditional upon my last “posting” of service to another audience.

All this to say, I’m simply reminded that we can’t do the next thing unless we finish the present thing.

The next thing sounds wonderful and exciting. It’s a distant horizon, an unopened gift beneath the Christmas tree.

The present thing is familiar.

Overly familiar.

It’s old.

And not the vintage, old-timey old. I mean nasty old. The “dear lord, I’m so sick of this and I just want it to end” kind of old that demands a high level of something to tolerate.


Of endurance? Patience? Stamina? Fortitude?

Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised. (Hebrews 10:36 NLT)

The next thing becomes the sweetest thing only when the present thing is treated faithfully.

Said differently with some verbose alliteration, don’t rob your pending promise of its pleasure by prematurely parting with your present plan.

Stay with it, whatever you’re doing today. There is a very real reward on its way.

I’m off to dive on a plane wreck in O’ahu. Yes, rewards are worth being patient for.



Marty · 29 Apr ’14 at 12:34 pm

“very real reward on its way” means to me:

mocking this malodorous microsoft machine in front of me,
making the most modern macbook pro mine, next month.

cheers mate,

your German friend

    AnneMarie Lachance-Sureau · 29 Apr ’14 at 2:56 pm

    haha, good job, Marty! continuing with this “verbose alliteration”…

      Christopher Hopper · 5 May ’14 at 8:02 pm


    Christopher Hopper · 5 May ’14 at 8:02 pm

    Ha, touché, Marty! Stoked you’re getting a new machine. Mine’s been an absolute work horse for me—a real joy to use. Miss you!

AnneMarie Lachance-Sureau · 29 Apr ’14 at 2:55 pm

I’m going to refrain from ranting about the rain and remember that rich realities are regularly reaped when a root is raised with respectful and responsible regard.

(sorry, couldn’t resist)
Aloha and mahalo and SEND US SOME SUN!!

    Christopher Hopper · 5 May ’14 at 8:03 pm

    Well done, AM!

    Hawaii was g-o-r-g-e-o-u-s.

      AnneMarie Lachance-Sureau · 5 May ’14 at 8:07 pm

      yeah. that helps. like a lot. really helps a lot. thanks.

WayneBatson · 29 Apr ’14 at 6:38 pm

That’s so tough for an author, esp. one like me who has always had dozens of story ideas popping up all over. Somehow the next one starts looking better than the one I’m working on, and the one I’m working on starts to feel old hat. Thing is, the future story idea looks really cool because I’m IMAGINING it as a finished product. The current story must be finished and finished well if it’s ever going to live up to the potential it had in the beginning. And that next story? Well, like a fine wine, it’ll have to age.

    Christopher Hopper · 5 May ’14 at 8:03 pm

    All good things come with age.

    But dude, totally feel ya. Ordering our steps is as much a discipline as is the process of making beautiful art.

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