Life is moving along so quickly! It is sometimes hard to stop on the side lines to look how far we’ve come because we are constantly running towards what’s ahead. Although our eyes have to be focused on the finish line and The Prize, there are a few helpful tips to remember during the journey.
1. You have to rest and stay hydrated in order to persevere.
I realize how crazy and busy our schedules are, but rest is vital for our health both physically and spiritually. Speaking on behalf of myself, without daily walks and talks with the Lord, it is so easy to be irritable, unpleasant to be around, and without joy. We can’t neglect our spiritual needs.
2. Don’t compare your timeline to those behind, beside, or ahead of you.
One of my favorite quotes is “Comparison is the thief of joy.” by Theodore Roosevelt. Jesus has each of us in different seasons for a reason. When we desire to be where others are at, we forget the importance of where God has us. Instead of being jealous of people who are experiencing things we haven’t, we should be joyful for them. This is a challenge, but something I believe is important. If our eyes are focused only on what’s behind or ahead, we will miss what God has right in front of us.
3. Encourage those running beside you.
In P.E, there would always be girls running at different paces. The fast runners would be beside each other, and the slower runners (like myself) would rely on each other’s company, encouragement, and laughs to endure each mile. We shouldn’t compare ourselves to others, but we should have friends to work towards the finish line with. Having friends who share the same beliefs, purpose, love for Jesus, and passions with makes the journey of life exciting. We should have friends who we can encourage, pray for, and cheer on.
4. Celebrate every victory!
After attempting to get contacts for two years, I finally got them this week. It reminded me to stop, and celebrate every victory-despite how small it may seem. What have you been working towards? Life is too short to be stingy with celebration.