In this culture, we are told to constantly look for the next step in life. In elementary school people want to know what middle school you’re going to, then middle to high, high to college, college to career, career to marriage, marriage to children, children to college fund, etc. That’s the cycle of life. Always looking to the next phase.
But what are we missing in the process by continuing to the next phase? What part of us are we not developing because we’re so focused on being somebody someday? Let’s look at this practically.
We have 7 days in a week. 5 days to work. And a whopping 2 days to rest and recover to be ready for the following week when we could be spending those 2 days really delving into what insights and lessons we learned the previous week. Who was I this week? Did I help people when I could? What mistakes did I make that I need to work on in the future?
Now, this isn’t an invitation to dwell in the past, but I think we learn from the experiences we have. This isn’t a new concept, just a different way of looking it at. Something simple to do would be to sit down for dinner with family/roommates and talk about highs and lows from each day. This is a great way to encourage the people in our lives, but also challenge them on areas they may need that extra push.
I’ve learned so much through this discipline. There is much value in soaking in the moment rather than looking for the next moment. Not to say that I’m perfect at this because there are many times I wish time would go faster to get home as quickly as possible from a long day at school or work. But this idea has been something I’ve thought a lot about. If we could spend an entire day at least once a week, completely still and calm in front of the throne, I think the Lord could do so much through us. Teach us, mold us, shape us, into His beloved children that He already loves so dearly. We could really listen to His desires for the world He loves. We could find our true identity in who the Creator says we are. We could find rest, refuge, and restoration in the arms of the One who gave everything for us. As I type these words, I feel a sense of anticipation and excitement because these “coulds” can be “wills”, “dos”,”dids”!
Why do we hold back? What can we let go of?
We’ll never be the people God wants us to be if we spend our lives waiting to become somebody in the next phase of life. We have access now to become who we want to be. Let’s spend time processing and reflecting on who we are each day. Learn from life experiences and move forward to become the person God made us to be.