Becoming The Person God Wants Us To Be

“I can plod (walk slowly).” The man who said those words was William Carey (1761-1834). Perhaps you recognize the name? He is remembered as the father of modern missions, a man who by God’s grace started mission work in the country of India. He faced severe obstacles and devastating setbacks, yet his ministry was used by God. And he could plod. But is plodding—honorable as it sounds—really what we ought to be doing for God? Is it not more honorable to bold in changing things? Shouldn’t we pray for miracles and expect God to do great things? Why plod? Shouldn’t we expect great things from God? Shouldn’t we do something more than just plod?

William Carey was obviously a courageous missionary, and by all accounts, a success. Let’s think about ;plodding’ means:

Perils of Plodding

  • Plodding: The dictionary says plodding is “slow-moving and unexciting.”
  • Plodding is slower than sprinting. The term “plodding” doesn’t sit well with the kind of person who likes to do lots of things.  Wasn’t Jesus busy? Didn’t Paul have a heavy work load? Didn’t the early church have services every single day? Why plod for God, when one can sprint?
  • Plodding: this is something we can all do.  If we wait to be fast and clever at everything, then we can wait too long and the work God had for us is finished before we get started.  If we feel we are not very good at things, but just try by ‘plodding’ slowly with God through the things God has for us, then we will do the work God wants us to do.  God is not asking us to be the best – just to be willing to try our best, even if it seems slow to us, and not as good as we wanted it to be.
  • William Carey said:

“I can plod.” That’s not the end of Carey’s quote. His next sentence is, “I can keep on going and do what I can.” Plodding may not be exciting, but it moves us from the place we are at at the moment to the wonderful place God has for us.