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Road trips are a summer staple. Sour worms, peach rings, and coolers filled with drinks will only lead to the inevitable … multiple bathroom stops. And is there anything more invigorating than having the music up full blast with your windows rolled down? This encapsulates the epitome of the perfect summer and for a moment in time, the perfect life.

That is until you take the scenic route to Florida with your annoying little brother in the back seat. “Are we there yet?” brings on a whole new meaning, your sanity depends on arriving as soon as possible. The people who say, “it’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey,” must not have younger siblings.

Waiting to get to your destination is not always fun or exciting. The minutes drag on. Seconds feel like days and days feel like months. Waiting to get your driver’s license is unpleasant or waiting to graduate High School can be exhausting. Waiting to get married can be lonely and waiting to buy a home is frustrating. The list goes on and on and on.

The question “Am I there yet,” faces every person eventually.

When You Don’t Have Life ‘All Together’

I grew up under the illusion of when I became an adult that I would have everything together. But, I don’t. Can you relate? Have you ever analyzed someone else’s life and thought, “I should be at a different place in my life ” or “I should have accomplished more by now.”

Maybe you’re graduating High School this year, and you have no idea where you are going to attend College when it seems like all of your friends have their futures mapped out. Maybe you are in College, and some of your friends are married, own a new home and expecting their first child, and you think to yourself, “All I own are books and the furniture I bought at Goodwill.” Questions like, “Did I choose the wrong path?” haunt you at night.

You Are Distinctly Different

It is okay if your dreams, your goals, and your ministry are different from everyone else because we serve a God who is infinitely original, and you have been created in His image. You are distinctly different and when you try to be someone you’re not, it’s like telling a fish to climb a tree – it’s impossible.

One of the most debilitating things you can do is compare your ministry, your career, your finances, your education and your relationship status (or whatever) with other people. On the other hand, one of the most freeing things you can do is find a place with God and allow Him to reveal your God-given purpose. God desires to take your flaws, your strengths, your weaknesses and use your journey for His glory. Take the time in prayer to discover what makes you, you.

Everything you have been through gives you exclusive characteristics that are different from other people. God needs the uniqueness of your personality to reach this world.

When the question, “am I there yet,” dances across the corners of your mind, try not focus on how far you still have to go, but celebrate the considerable distance you’ve covered.

Words of advice? Do not judge your beginning by someone else’s middle and try not to get discouraged by the fact that it will take time to grow. Growth will always produce permanent change; an oak tree will never become an acorn again. So, try not to fixate on the, “Am I there yet,” and be encouraged that you are a stronger and more capable person today because of things you learned yesterday.

by Angela Overton
Reposted with permission from angelaoverton.com 

“And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while.” Mark 6:31

When I was in Bible College, one of our teachers used to quote the following: “Time out to sharpen the sickle is never spent in vain.”  I think of this quite often.

Back in the days when farmers had to harvest their crops by hand, I am sure they took time every morning to sharpen the sickle or scythe before they started to work.  That time spent meant that their work would be so much easier.  To bring it closer to our time, have you ever tried to peel potatoes with a dull knife? How much easier it is when we take time to sharpen it.

Jesus knew His disciples were getting tired, and so He took them away from the crowds to give them a chance to rest.  He knew they would not be at their best if they didn’t take care of themselves.  God made us with the need to sleep.  How often do we get so busy, that we overwork our bodies and don’t get our proper rest? The student who only gets a few hours of sleep each night, will not do his best in class. The worker who stays out late at night will not perform well on his job. The driver, who is sleep deprived is a danger on the highway to himself and everyone else.  And, even those of us who are at home all day, need our rest to function properly.

The same principle can apply in our spiritual lives.  We need to take time every day to pray and read the Word of God – sharpen the sickle.  The Lord knows exactly what the day will bring, and in those times of fellowship with Him, He provides the strength and the guidance for whatever the day holds.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, we are fearfully and wonderfully made, and you know the rest we need to be at our best, both physically and spiritually.

 

Devotion by Anne Johnston

 

He has made everything beautiful in its time. (Ecclesiastes 3:11, Holy Bible, New King James)

Seasons of life are not defined by clocks or calendars. They are experienced as infants, toddlers, preschoolers, tweens, teens, young adults, baby boomers, and seniors. The clock ticks the same for all of us, sixty seconds in each minute, but life becomes a winter snowball racing downhill as we age.

We remember life through events and celebrations, birthdays, school graduations, first vehicle, marriage or career decisions, first home, children, and grandchildren. God sees how we react to each of these seasons. He measures our spiritual progress, not by clocks or calendars, but by His delight in how His beauty shines through us.

Prayer: Eternal God, I am thankful Your presence shines in all seasons of my life. Amen.

Devotion by Violet Carr Moore