A while back, at my sister’s church, her pastor told me something that I haven’t forgotten. He said, “God will elevate you when you appreciate where you are.” I didn’t have to think about what he was saying because I already knew he was talking about ministry. It’s not that I didn’t appreciate where I was but I was at a point of asking God, “What now?” This was because I didn’t feel like I was doing enough, spiritually. I would have conversations (not prayers) with God because I felt like I was just sitting idle but then he words rung in my ear and I said, “Marcy (that’s my nickname), you have to appreciate where you are before you can move to where you want to be.” This entire time I’d been asking God to move me to greater when truth is, every day I walk in the anointing of God, I’m in greater. Every time my eyes open and I see a roof over my head, I’m in greater. Every night when I don’t have to go to bed hungry, I am in greater. And in due time, with appreciation and gratefulness, God will elevate me to greatness.
See, -er is a suffix used in forming nouns to label a person from the thing of their occupation or labor. For example, calling me a minister/preacher lets you know I work within the field of ministry. However, -ness is the suffix that means the state of the original adjective. i.e. Greatness means I am great. What does this mean Lakisha? Well this means, in greater I preach the word but in greatness, I live the word. Greater means I have to label myself but in greatness I am branded by God. In greater, you need my resume but in greatness, the anointing speaks for me. In greater, I have to ask but in greatness my seat is already reserved. In greater, titles may work but in greatness, my faith does the heavy lifting. Yes, I know you’re ready to be promoted but appreciate your now position. I know you’re ready for your own house but how well are you appreciating where you are? Yes, you are eager for your own car but are you appreciative of the rides you’re getting? Yeah, you’re ready to pastor a church but are you appreciating being minister? You’re ready to own your business but have you truly appreciated where you are? Greater is telling your dreams but greatness is living them.