When was the last time you thought to yourself, if only I could have [this], I’d be so much happier. I wish it would just come faster already!
Oh friend, am I right in that same boat as you! Aren’t we all at some point?
Lately Joe and I have been talking about when we’d like to start a family, but we aren’t exactly sure on the timing. Do we wait a few more years like everyone is telling us, or do we take a leap of faith and start now?
Let me tell you, decisions like this aren’t easy.
When you weren’t sure whether or not to finish up undergrad and go straight into graduate school, was that a simple decision?
Or how about moving to a different state for a job? How stressful was that?
We are all plagued with decisions and I think we put a little too much emphasis on their outcomes. One thought that’s really been sticking with me recently is actually a verse to one of my favorite songs right now by Jamie Kimmett called Prize Worth Fighting For:
When it feels like I’ll never make it
When my heart’s crying out for more
Gotta pray, gotta press on
To the prize worth fighting for
How often do you feel like you’re just toiling in this dream you’ve had for years but it feels like you’ll never make it? That you’re just spinning your wheels and it feels like you’re not getting anywhere or making any progress?
If it makes you feel any better, you’re not alone. I know hundreds, if not thousands of men and women around the world are wrestling with this overarching disappointment that they’re not where they want to be in life. They’re dreaming of something bigger and better for themselves and their families, but they have no idea what to do about it.
A verse that I try to force myself to think on whenever I feel stuck in a rut is 2 Chronicles 15:7. It brings me back to the reality that we serve a Good Father who doesn’t let anything we do go to waste!
But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.
Haven’t we heard this truth over and over again too?
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
This week, search your Bible (or the internet) for a verse that encourages you and gives you hope when it feels like the world is trying to drag you down. Keep it with you and make it a priority to read through it every morning, afternoon, and right before you go to bed.
The more we pray for our struggles, the more we will come to terms with the fact that our God doesn’t change merely based on circumstances. Just because we’re going through something tough doesn’t make Him weaker or have less control on our lives.
Hold tight to the Word that has been written on your hearts. Sometimes that’s all He asks of us because He knows our strength depends on His unfailing grace.