In sales psychology, there’s a saying: The greatest predictor of future behavior is past behavior. In history, you’ve heard it said as, “Those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” Being human, we don’t like change. Whether that’s the change in our environment, change in our processes or change in our behavior. Because we are opposed to change, we get the same results in our life over and over again. We wonder why we keep falling into the same trap, why life doesn’t get better or why we can’t break a cycle. It’s because we haven’t changed any behavior. If you want to change your future, do something different in your present.
God entrusts each one of us with gifts, talents, income and other things. He’s watching to see what we do with them. Are we someone who cultivates these things, hoards them or wastes them? If you’re looking at someone else’s gifts, talent or money, and you’re thinking, “If only I had what they have, things would be different,” you’re deceiving yourself. Yes, it might be different for a while, but in the end, you’d be back to where you are because of your behavioral patterns. When God looks to give you more of whatever you want, He looks at what you’re doing now with what He’s entrusted to you.
Luke 16:10 says, “If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities” (NLT). Every one of us have the opportunity to get greater things and responsibilities, but it depends on what we’re doing with what we have now. We have to quit focusing on future desires and be faithful with what we have if we want more. Don’t despise small beginnings. Instead be faithful in them and God will see He can trust you with more. God looks at our heart more than our outward actions. Pray that God would help you to be faithful in what you have now so He can trust you with more later.