Are We There Yet?

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“Why don’t I have that job yet?
Why aren’t I making more money yet?
Why don’t I have the house yet?
Why aren’t I married yet?
Why don’t I have kids yet?
Why aren’t I happy and fulfilled yet?”

If we’re being honest, we have all asked ourselves questions like these before.

It’s easy to get sucked into the lies the world tells us about success, timing, who we should be, and what we should have accomplished by now. My life is certainly not perfect, but it is most certainly beautiful.

When I think about who I was 5 years ago…
18 years old…
New to LA…
Single…
Lost…
Striving for purpose…
No friends.

And now I find myself…
23…
At home in LA with roots…
Married to the man of my dreams…
Completely assured in God’s purpose and plan for my life…
Surrounded by community and amazing friendships.

Perspective is everything, and our timelines are unique.

Don’t be so hard on yourself. It doesn’t always seem that we are making “huge progress” according to the world’s standards, but success doesn’t happen overnight. And-who’s definition of success are you living by?

I am sure that you have grown so much, learned tons, and accomplished great things in the past 5 years. Go ahead and make a list of how much has changed in 5 years for you. Don’t get discouraged just because it’s a slow day, week, or month.

God doesn’t see you as a forgettable and fleeting commercial. He sees you as a beautiful, complex, artistic feature film.

It’s not all about right now. It’s all about the journey. The big picture, not the unfinished work. Don’t make your happiness contingent upon your circumstances and the timeline the world tries to force upon you.

Instead, take a breath. Count your blessings. No, really…make a list of all you are thankful for right now. Find contentment and peace in the woman of today, rather than constantly asking…

“Are we there yet?”

Enjoy the ride.

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3 thoughts on “Are We There Yet?

  1. So beautifully put! Our story, or our time line as you put it, unfolds so close to our eyes that it’s easy to lose perspective. Going back and “rereading” our story helps us appreciate that life is a story in progress! Great post.

  2. Our timelines are definitely unique. I have friends who just graduated and are starting to get a little impatient because the longest break they’ve had from “doing something” is three weeks. Thanks for sharing this!

  3. I needed this today. I feel like I’m at a place in my life where I’m standing by crossroads, not knowing which way to turn or where God wants me to go. I’m uncertain but ready for new things and frightened a bit by deciding what to do. I literally just got done praying for guidance and then I read this. So encouraging. Thank you. God bless.

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