We decide to plan a beautiful hike. We take out the map and pinpoint where we are and mark the destination to where we truly desire to travel. It’s been a lifelong dream to travel there. So, we draw a line connecting the two points and it looks pretty simple. Like a straight shot. It appears to be a beautiful scenic walk. We are excited. We pack our bags and prepare for our journey. Yet, just a few short miles into our trip, we begin to learn we overlooked some details on the map. The challenges we would face. The mountains to be climbed, rivers to be crossed and valleys to be treaded through. So what do we do? Do we quit, turn around and find something easier to do? Or do muster the strength, press through and tackle our goal?
When I was a little girl, I use to love to daydream. I loved road trips because it gave me the opportunity to stare out the window for hours and picture my future. Married, raising a family, places I would travel, things I would experience and my rewarding career. I thought it would be so simple, so easy to get there and stay there. Yet, as I got older I began to learn that accomplishing those goals weren’t as simple as I thought. Daydreaming alone couldn’t get me there and let alone keep me there successfully. I found myself, giving up on many things or not even attempting some goals because it was “too hard”. I didn’t believe I had the strength, intelligence or time to invest. I began to want what was easy, what was simple and what didn’t require too much work. Befriending wisdom. I began to learn that’s unacceptable. That instead of walking in the direction of easiness. I needed to pursue what pressed me into becoming a better woman. Which led (and continues to lead) me to be a better wife, mother and believer.
Beautiful strong women have left many dreams behind because of the that type of thinking I had. No confidence. Desiring the end result, however not willing to tread the waters, press through the storms and put in the time. The degree to be obtained, the business to be created, the places to be traveled, the family to be started or possibly the relationship to walk away from. It’s all still very possible. I remember when my mother decided to go back to school. She was excited to begin. Then when it got harder than what she expected, I would see her fear and pray for her even harder so she wouldn’t quit (I know there were times when she wanted to). She faced opposition many times, yet never gave up. She ultimately reached her goal. Which was very inspiring. The knowledge that the pursuit of every goal and dream takes time, patience and tenacity can be intimidating. To know that obtaining true desires takes hard work, can make many run in the opposite direction towards settling into what seems easy. But what is really easy? And settling for what you think is easy…. is that really a way to live? A mediocre life, knowing you have a call for something greater? True dreams are not reached through mediocrity. In everything we do, we will face challenges, opposition and setbacks. Even when settling for the “easy” stuff. So why not face those challenges in the pursuit of what God has called us for.
“Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on til completion until the day of Christ Jesus”. – Phil 1:6
So do we turn around when it gets hard?…. absolutely not. And it will get hard. Raising a family, starting a business, going back to school, walking away from an unhealthy relationship, starting a new career, loosing weight just to name a few, is not easy. Everyday there will be opposition. Everyday there may be 1000 reasons to give up. Yet, there is always at least 1 reason to keep pressing. That one reason is you. So, we muster the strength to tackle the goal because we have it in us. Don’t desire what is easy. Desire what will challenge you into a better woman.
Ladies After Wisdom, do you desire to always take the easy route? Deciding not to approach or tackle certain areas in your life because you’re afraid of the amount of “work” you may have to put in? Let me tell you, that is no way to live. You are selling yourself short. If you have this burning desire inside of you of a great dream for your life, after prayer …go after it. You’re putting your energy into something, even the “easy” stuff. Why not put that energy into something greater?
L.A.W., fear has its way of rearing its ugly head in many forms. Fear will tell you you can’t, You don’t have the time and it’s too hard. Yet, God says you can. Who are you going to listen to? Getting from point A to point B isn’t necessarily easy. But, it’s possible. Don’t be intimidated of the mountains, valleys or rivers. Because He is there with you through it all. Don’t stop at point B either, go after C, D, E etc. Keep setting goals and dreams with all the time God gives you. Keep life exciting. L.A.W., I love you. All is well.
Read: James 1:3, Phil 1:6, Psalm 32:8
Affirmation: I pursue what challenges, presses and creates growth in me. I am a better woman because of it.
Prayer: Father, it’s me again. Longing to please You. You are perfect (Deut. 34:2). I love You and praise You. I have this dream that You have placed within my heart that I know is just for me. However, at times I get intimidated at the amount of work and time that it takes to accomplish it. And I believe it’s easier to just give up and not pursue it. Father, I need You. I need You to remind me of Your presence daily. That with You all things are possible (Matt 19:26). That Your grace and love surrounds me continuously. Remind me, that intimidation is fear and You have not given me the spirit of fear but of power love and a sound mind (1Timothy 1:7) . Let me be sensitive to the Holy Spirit to lead me in the right way in my pursuit. Let me walk in discipline to press into Your Word daily.
In Jesus Name, Amen.