… is paved with doubt, confusion, frustration, and that’s just to name a few. It is not paved with criticism, complaining and debauchery however. There is a difference.
On the way to getting where we want to be (are called to be) we will find all these things sometimes closing in on us. Some from the road, and others from… lets say our ‘surroundings.’ We look up, but we can’t see our destiny through all of the complaining. We look down, but as soon as our eyes hit the pavement, we are plagued with the ever present frustration that seems to linger… None of it has an end in sight. But we want to get better… so what are we to do?
The scripture says in 2 Corinthians 9-12:
“We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body. “
Yes, the road to improvement is not pretty and not for the faint of heart. While this is true, we can also learn that it’s not for the especially brave of heart either. If it were for the brave one who was not afraid of anything, then we’d have to find a different name for this road… as there would be no need for improvement.
Yes, this road is unique, and can only be taken by the one who has looked their reality explicitly in the face and said, “I’m going anyway.” Ready to cut through all other clutter that wants to get in the way. Ready to walk through doubt, fear, frustration, and worry. Ready to avoid the cloud of complaining, lust, jealousy that surrounds. Ready to plainly and even painfully get to this place called… “improved”. It certainly makes it that much more valuable… and therefore, worth it.
No hangout this week… Please join me in the next Google hangout as we discuss more ways to live victoriously!