I need some encouragement. So today I’m encouraging you (and myself), wherever you’re at on your growth path, even if it feels harder right now than it used to, or if it’s taking longer than you expected, or you’re discouraged in some other way; don’t give up, just keep going.
I’m going to share a couple concepts that are helpful and encouraging to me that will hopefully encourage you as well. One is old and one is newly articulated.
Sometimes you have to go down before you can go up.
Easter is a great reminder of this reality as we see in the death and resurrection of Jesus that sometimes you have to go down before you can go up.
If you’re in a down space remember that’s a normal, usually necessary part of any journey.
Can also see this concept in that old TLC(?) show called What NOT To Wear. People often needed to be (and/or were) torn down before they were built back up.
Time and timing can be beasts of their own.
Things often can take longer than I think they should. Or they don’t happen within the time frame I expected.
In scripture we’re reminded that God’s time isn’t our time; there’s a fullness to time outside of our lives. How long have the mountains been there? Or the oceans? How long have birds been singing or trees been growing?
That concept can also be difficult still.
Recently I listened to The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis (part of the awesome Chronicles of Narnia) while driving with my family to Alabama.
Towards the end of the book Aslan is preparing to leave Lucy who is upset by their parting.
Aslan says, “Do not look so sad, we shall meet soon again.”
Lucy says, “Please Aslan, what do you call soon?”
Aslan replies, “I call all times soon.”
This can be a somewhat frustrating reality of how God works sometimes, way too slow for my liking!
On the other hand, it’s a really beautiful reminder that in the big picture of life time often looks different and feels different than it does when we’re living in it and many things that seem slow don’t end up feeling slow at all.
It’s encouragement to have patience with the reality of now, even if you’re working to change that reality in some way.
End of Episode Coaching Question:
What are of your life are you facing some discouragement in? How can you intentionally encourage yourself to “just keep going” in that area today?