Joy Today

May 5, 2016

This week, I’ve been working on revamping my website. There is a lot more that I want to offer, and so much needs to be improved in order to do just that. I’ll admit it’s a lot of work and a lot of coffee, and I wish my site were just ready and going.

That reminded me of the many times in my life when I just wanted things to be ready like… yesterday. There is that time when my husband JB and I were organizing our wedding. How I wished it would just happen already, I just wanted the day to come. It is now a beautiful memory that would not have been so beautiful had we skipped on time and efforts to make this a beautiful day for everyone who attended. Or this time when we moved to Africa, and I just had such a hard time adapting that I was completely ready to move on to somewhere else. How much have I learned since? I would never have grown as much as I did had we left.

When I look back, I have no regrets. Yet, there is something I could have done far better, and it’s being content in the now. While I was often pushing through the motions until the next accomplishment, I probably missed on a lot of quality time with my loved ones, and opportunities to be happier.

If that is also you too today, I want to encourage you. It’s not too late to slow down to smell the roses. Even when your life seems to be “under construction.” I want to encourage you to focus on the things that truly matter while in the process. Maybe you are expecting, and can’t wait to meet your new baby. Maybe your kids are young and making you so tired, and you just wished they could be in school already. Maybe you’re in between jobs and that makes you crazy! Take a breath, and consider the beauty within every single minute of your life. Once this minute is gone, it’s never coming back again.

Slow down. Take a deep breath. What’s the hurry?

Why wear yourself out? Just what are you after anyway?

This verse is Jeremiah 2:25 from a paraphrased translation. In it, God is dealing with idolatry in the heart of people. I’m not saying that this is my situation or yours, but it’s always good to search our hearts to see if maybe, just maybe, we wouldn’t be after something that is not of God.

Here is another invitation. One that makes it all so much simpler:

What does the Lord require of you?

To act justly and to love mercy

and to walk humbly with your God.

So the next time our lives are “under construction,” how about we slow down and enjoy the scenery while we are travelling to the other side? Wait, what if our lives were constantly “under construction” until we meet Jesus face to face…

What is troubling your soul today? How could we pray for you? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

About Caroline

Caroline is a Jesus girl more than anything. Even if often in the US and Canada, she lives in West Africa with her husband JB, and daughter Imela Christy. She is a writer, a minister, and a faith resource creator. She enjoys travelling, coffee, and friends.

Hey there, I'm Caroline

Hey there, I'm Caroline

I've been a follower of Jesus for over a decade, and a minister for almost just as long. My passion is to know God better, and help you know Him better too. I answer real questions with real answers, for a real faith in a real God.

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