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.
However, waiting to get to your destination is not always fun or exciting—it can be exhausting. The minutes drag on. Seconds feel like days and days feel like months. Waiting to have financial freedom is full of ups and downs. Waiting to see your family saved is a heavy burden to bear. Waiting to get married can be lonely. 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 have learned that I will never get to the place where I have arrived. Can you relate? Or, 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.”
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.