With the New Year upon us, many of us reflect on our yesterdays and strive for better tomorrows. "This year", we tell ourselves, "I will do better, work harder, be a real "go-getter"! I'm going to set goals and accomplish them. I'm going to take more risks, work on that relationship, move to a new area, change careers, start saving more, stop cussing, buy a house, go back to church, stop worrying so much, stop procrastinating, start giving back..."
Yeah, you have your lists and I have mine. But I wonder sometimes:
What would life look like if we began to cultivate where we are instead of hoping to be where we're not?
It's tough to be content, because we are afraid of complacency. We don't want to live basic or be basic women. We don't want to spend our lives with nothing to show for it. But see, you do have so much to show for your life! It's time to start noticing your blessings and tending the garden you have now, so that you can appreciate what will most definitely grow from it.
Scripture tells us, in Ecclesiastes, that everything is beautiful in its time.
He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.~Ecclesiastes 3:11
There is nothing wrong with setting goals and desiring to produce better circumstances, experiences and opportunities for ourselves. That's the beauty of hope and expectation! But I feel too many of us are so busy wanting tomorrow that we forget all about today!
Today, even with all your mess ups, insecurities, uncertainties and restlessness, you have purpose and promise and so much to celebrate! You are a woman on mission, even if you are not yet aware of what that mission is, each step is taking you in the right direction, as we trust in the Lord. So don't belittle the current moments of your life. Know that where you are is necessary to lead you into where you need to be. Your journey is not a race, it's more of a destination and your attitude sets the ambiance for your arrival.
As the hours and moments and days pass in 2018, let's keep a steady reminder for ourselves that we don't need to rush through this year just to say we've grown or accomplished something. Let's take our time! Let's practice patience through prayer, through serving others, giving of our time and loving those who are in need. Let's cultivate beauty on our current jobs, instead of complaining for a better one. Let's seek ways to celebrate other's, instead of wishing we were in their shoes. Let's be glad and joyful, even in our frustrations, because we know that our God is working all things together for our good and in His timing, we will become everything we were destined to.
There is a book I'd like to recommend. For the past 2 years, it's been my "New Year" read and I think it could encourage so many of you! It's called, Becoming Myself: Embracing God's Dream of You, by Stasi Eldridge. If you have time, head over to Amazon and check it out. It's such a beautiful reminder that we are always becoming, but each day is imperative for the journey.
Don't wish today away. Don't cry over yesterday and don't worry about tomorrow.
Know that you are beautiful, even in your wondering. God knows where He is taking you, so relax and smell the roses!