“Life might not be the party we hoped for, but while we are here, we should dance.”
One of the first things I would tell myself if I could go back in time is this: Embrace the Journey.
This message isn’t just for the younger version of me, however.
Grasping this approach to life is something I have been working on for many years now.
It is often my signature of choice and has been the theme for many devotionals I have written.
In almost a “fake it ‘till you make it” attempt – I proclaim it whenever I can.
And I still don’t have it down — but I’m much further along than I used to be, praise Jesus.
For years, I lived my seasons thinking things would be better in the next stage – that joy and contentment were just around the corner.
• “Once I get through this, then I’ll have time for … ”
• “When the kids are through this stage, then we can really … “
• “If only I were (fill in the blank — thinner, more creative, more outgoing, healthy …) then …”
In August, I’d be looking toward Christmas break.
After Christmas, we’d be counting the days until school was out.
Once we got to that point, it would be “when summer is over.”
I was living for the future and not making the most of the present, and looking for that time when all the circumstances would be in place for life to feel tamed, “under control,” and able to be enjoyed.
Where did I get the idea that would ever be possible?
I’m not sure, but I developed my warped expectations in an age without social media and 24/7 access to everyone else’s PR version of themselves.
If I was 20-something now and trying to understand “normal,” I would have even more trouble grasping a realistic outlook on life.
Take control of the message
We are bombarded with messages that life is about the pursuit of happiness and #perfectlife.
But Scripture bears witness to a different reality.
We are told to expect trials and count it all joy; that God’s grace is sufficient in our weakness; and even that joy itself is a fruit of the Holy Spirit.
The truth is this:
Life is NOT about the pursuit of happiness…
It IS about joy in the pursuit of God.
It’s about embracing the journey God has called you to for the time He has called you to do it, in the circumstances He has placed you in.
It’s about trusting Him to lead you and leaning on His Spirit to grow the fruit of joy and peace within your soul.
It’s not easy.
It’s not natural.
It requires intention, discipline, and discernment.
The one who calls us to be content is the ONE who equips us to choose joy.
Praise his precious name!
Jumpstart Prayer Challenge
If you are seeking to add more joy in your days, start with prayer.
And if you could use help restarting your prayer life,
I’ve developed a free 5-day prayer challenge that will guide you in that.
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This is the introduction post to a series on embracing the journey.
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