“IT’S NOT ABOUT WINNING THE RACE; IT’S ABOUT THE JOURNEY GETTING THERE.” I’m sure we’ve all heard this quote before sometime in our lives. But have we ever stopped to reflect on what it truly means or maybe even get discouraged by it? Lately, I’ve been personally dealing with family struggles and other life changes. This has made me feel lost and afraid and has affected my faith journey. Because of these struggles, I’ve distanced myself from church to hide some of the pain and sadness I’ve been experiencing.
Church has always been a big part of my life and it is disheartening because I don’t want to lose that passion. At times, we can all feel lost and need a push in the right direction. For the Olympics, athletes train for months to be the best they can be to make it to that finish line. There can be many bumps in the road including injuries that can discourage and hold them back from their ultimate goal.
We can relate this to our faith because there are many obstacles in life that will want to hold us back. We need to push through these “injuries” and challenges to keep our head in the game of life and become better people. In Deuteronomy, it says “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you or forsake you.” I try to be strong through everything but each day it gets harder and harder. I need to focus on the main goal which is to continue to grow a relationship with God. A relationship with God shouldn’t be just a one Sunday thing; it’s a constant effort that we have to work for every day. It’s a journey that we have to be willing to take no matter what life throws our way. I can’t let drama and stress stop me from living my life and lose hope and faith in God which I need most right now. Tomorrow’s a new day and a step to becoming a better Christian.
Dear God, thank you for giving us a purpose in this world. Help us find what that purpose is. Let us not get discouraged with life’s hiccups and push forward to live a life that is pleasing to you. Amen.