“NO!” Verses “Grow“

“You are the light of the world.A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others,that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.“ (Matthew 5:14-16 NIV)

I finished a lifelong goal this week that took, from start to finish in just under 14 months. That seems like such a short span of time out of my 50 years. I wonder why it took me so long to focus and do what I have always wanted to do?

Confession: sometimes I wondered if the goal was reeeeally necessary. “I’m doing ok the way things are going,” I’d tell myself, If I want to be honest, I didn’t want to sacrifice the time or energy.

Self examination (not so fun). What was I doing with the time I was clinging to as if by not having it I was starving myself: Facebook, surfing the net (finding answers for questions, of course), watching movies–watching other people reach their goals and mentally applauding their efforts. How sad.

I started and stopped my goal at least 20 times. Each time I could excuse it away and say the urgent got in the way of the important, aka “something came up that pulled me away.” I remember constantly saying, “I’ll get back to it.” I just never did.

Until now!

The last 30 days to the finish line had been staring me in the face, almost mocking me. Sometimes I felt like justifying,”I’m close enough,” and contemplated stopping. I’m so grateful I pressed on! It was the definitely the slowest out of the 14 months as I crept my way to the finishline, but the most fulfilling. I took my time, savoring each piece of that goal, knowing my daily achievement could never be taken away. Each step was a “last step” towards that goal.

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One month since I started this blog and oh, the difference. I have been back many a time to some of my favorite stops on that road map, but oh the difference. Instead of pressure or guilt about lingering too long (knowing I should get back to the goal I had put off). I visit, tarry, and treasure each moment. There’s a comfort of familiarity that I “know this place.” I have the freedom to turn over every rock and journey down each off beaten path because there’s no shame or guilt of an unmet goal, expectation, or feelings of “I should be doing or going” instead of just being. Peace.

The bottom line of what I am learning from finally conquering a life long goal is to stop looking for the, “no,” or reason why I can’t do something. I need to start focusing on the “grow” and what it’s going to take to reach the final destination of peace. I will have the ability to treasure the time to take it/life and the sense of accomplishment, all in: to shine.

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others,that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:14-16 NIV)

What would my life look like if I set my goal to love everyone as Christ loved me? What if I looked for tiny opportunities to bring smiles with a word of encouragement, act of kindness, or small gift—maybe of my time? Wouldn’t the world be a glow if I was shining because of reaching the goal to love, people would be glowing because someone cares and in turn people around them would shine because they…just could not help but be caught up in the illumination?!? Can you imagine the constant sense/feeling of peace with that goal accomplished in a new way EVERY DAY?!?

What if…eh, eh, eh. Time to stop looking for the no and start looking for the grow!
”let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Time to do this!!!

Until next time: blessings!

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