You know that scene in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty where he skateboards down a winding road into the heart of a soon-to-be volcano struck town? Yeah, that’s what my life has been like for the past month or so.
Over the past month I managed to turn 25 (without too much trouble, though admittedly, growing older is a LOT of work), missed my uncle’s funeral and my cousin’s wedding (both on account of exams), and though these might not seem like things you’d normally be proud of, I am. Why? Mostly because it made me realize that FAMILY is important, and that you can’t sit around waiting for life to happen to you — you have to happen to life.
And yes, I know some of you might have read that sentence and rolled your eyes so hard you could see the back of your brain, but as soppy motivational as it might sound, I have found it to be true.
We are often so focused on all the might-haves or the could-haves, that we forget about the many haves and dids!
2015 has been riddled with challenges — especially family-wise, but now, looking back at it, I realize that all through the crappy parts, God was faithful, and I was surrounded by family and loved ones that kept my arms up while I had to fight.
So often when we encounter difficulties it’s easiest to admit defeat and run away. Well, that’s the thought process I go through, anyway.
There’s only one problem though: I am not afraid, and I do not run. Scared? Yes. But afraid? No.
You see, there’s a difference. Fear paralyzes you, keeps you from thinking clearly, from reacting rationally. It intimidates you into believing that you are incapable, not strong enough, worthless, and entirely without hope.
Scripture tells us in 1 Corinthians 13 that “perfect love casts out fear”, and this of course refers to God’s love — the only perfect love in existence.
So, looking back on 2015, I know that I’ve had to deal with many losses, and had to make a lot of hard, potentially life-altering, decisions. So yes, things have changed and I’m moving on, not because I’m afraid to face the challenges, but because I’m intentionally moving toward the hopes and dreams in my future.
And, yes — maybe that means skateboarding down a long winding road into the heart of the volcano, but if that’s where my destiny’s at — that’s where I’ll be headed.
May 2016 be the year in which you stop running FROM things, and start running TOWARD things.
Blessings and love to you and yours over the holidays!