Have you ever started something and not finished? Maybe it was improving at a sport or doing well on a project. Have you had a vision of something you wanted but sold out short on? Maybe your vision was more difficult to attain than you realized, became too time consuming, or a number of other things. I know I have and I settled for less than best for reasons such as these. If I am being honest I think this is true of a lot of us in our walk with God.
I mess up so much and I can be really hard on myself. I also forget stuff like it’s nobody’s business. (You can ask my friend Sarah, she is always reminding me of things we have going on). But I’m the worst when it comes to God. I forget so easily the things he’s done for me, his promises, and the things he teaches. I lose my vision of him and as a result I lose sight of who I am in him. Instead I become discouraged and distracted because somewhere along the way I got side tracked and am not where I want to be.
Like a road trip to Disney, I lose the bigger picture and become focused on the wrong things. Things like traffic, being cramped in a car, the many pits stops, detours we have to take because accidents happen, and so on keep getting in the way. I forget that going through the less-than-fun times is worth all the struggle because at the end I will finally be where I want to go. What I am learning is this: the journey is just as important as the destination. It’s in the journey process that we learn, grow, and bond with God and others riding with us. Therefore, just keep swimming. At times you may only be moving inches but at least you are moving towards the goal, you aren’t alone, and that is huge.
I am currently doing a study on Colossians that reminded me of something Josh talked about Sunday: the key is consistency. The more I walk with God the more I find this to be true. This thing called life is a journey. We will mess up, maybe lose focus, and face road blocks. But we cannot be lackadaisical in our walk. We must continue, remain, abide, persist, and press on in the journey because where we end up is more than worth the challenges we face. I leave you with two verses from Colossians that have been a great encouragement to me and I hope for you too.
You were his enemies, separated from him by your evil thoughts and actions. Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault. But you must continue to believe this truth and stand firmly in it. Don’t drift away from the assurance you received when you heard the Good News. -Colossians 1:21-23
“Let your roots grow down deep into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.” -Colossians 2:7
Katrina McElvain is the daughter of Trisha, and oldest of her siblings, Grace and JP. She loves spending time with family and friends, watching movies, dancing, and writing. She teaches dance at night and is a teacher’s aide by day. She also loves Immanuel and listening to the sermons every Sunday morning.