If you’re reading this, it means you have made it. Yep, that’s right – you made it. You may not have made it to where you thought you would be, but you did make it somewhere. And that is a reason to celebrate! It may not be the destination, but you still made it somewhere in the journey.
But if you were like me, you had very high expectations for 2016 – however, the wrath of 2016 fell hard on my high expectations and sadly they weren’t met. So now I have two options:
1. Complain about my unmet expectations and how rough the journey is…
2. Celebrate all the good that did take place and recognize that the tests of 2016 strengthened my faith and were just a part of the journey.
Speaking of the journey – we oftentimes forget that the journey of life is sometimes just as important as the destination. We get so caught up in the thick of life that we forget about all of the beauty around us.
Never minimize the importance of the journey. Yes, the journey can be met with uncertainties, but the journey is where character, strength and faith is developed. If you minimize the journey, you’ll miss important lessons that God is trying to teach you along the way. Minimizing the journey will also have you feeling like the tests were God’s wrath instead of his grace and mercy keeping you from something you don’t see.
So, how about it? Let’s start the year off celebrating that we are still on the journey of life and that God would see fit to test us in order to make us stronger. Besides, he’s making us stronger for a good reason.
Here’s to more tests, celebrations and reaching destinations in 2017.