Thursday, August 1, 2013

You're Going to Want to Give Up

I was just visiting with a friend  today about how you can often see vividly where you want to be with regard to a goal, and yet it can be hard to stand in peace with where you are at currently. The gap can seem so wide. We judge ourselves based on a comparison to some final future destination. The truth is that it is one of the normal challenges of aspiring to become something more. Where we are, is never quite enough, and the gap between where we are and where we want to be can seem so wide.  Even though we may be closer than we realize.

That's the thing about transformation. There are times that your journey can feel really hard. You may question whether it is worth it. You may wonder if you are ever going to reach your destination.  The truth is that change is not meant to be easy. Change is always met by resistance. But the net result of change can be so very worth it in the long run.

Transformation also requires getting uncomfortable. Losing weight requires a little bit of exercise and sweat. Rebuilding a relationship requires some truthful, perhaps painful conversations. Building or rebuilding a career or business may require admission of mistakes and making shifts in new directions or trying new things. The game plan calls for getting out of your comfort zone. I love the illustration below because it shows that outside your comfort zone is exactly where the magic happens!

The truth is that once the novelty of a new goal or plan wears off and the destination hasn't been achieved, most people will lose faith and quit.  It can feel safer, easy, more comfortable to give up. At least you can say you tried, right? But what if you were only inches away from achieving your goal and you didn't know it? You would never know it if you quit.  Your miracle is coming, you just need to be patient and have faith. Miracles don't happen based on your watch. They happen based on God's watch.

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven ~Ecclesiastes 3:1
Love and Prayers,

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