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May 25, 2016

There are Far Better Things Ahead


I was talking with a girlfriend the other day about how we romanticize the past. You know, those times when you are stuck in a rut and start wishing for the good old fuzzy blissful moments of yesterday. Maybe it was your college years, before your student loans kicked in, or the time before your friends migrated to different parts of the globe. Maybe it was during your teenage years before the rat race began, when you literally had no care in the world and enjoyed life. It could have been your single years, or before being a parent, when you had less chores and more time to take care of yourself. If you're a little older, it might have been the time your business or career was booming, or maybe it was the time that the kids were younger and actually enjoyed sitting together at the table.

We've all been there. Maybe you're still there.

If you are, remind yourself that yesterday holds it's enchantment, but it was not perfect. You probably don't remember how lost you felt as a teen, or how lonely you were single, the heartaches and self-doubt of dating, the sleepless nights you spent studying in college, the nights you spent praying for a family, the times you cut back drastically to invest in your business, or the anxiety you experienced when your kids were little.

Yes, the past is magical because it's part of our legacy, but it was not perfect. We do ourselves a great disservice in thinking it was. Do not let the mirage of yesterday haunt your today. Make peace with your path. If you must long -- long for a stronger, vibrant tomorrow. Envision growth, new experiences, and rooted love. Be a dreamer. Let this vision drive you. Cultivate gratitude, invest in your passions, and nurture your relationships. Believe in tomorrow and the future God has in store for you. Imagine a life of adventuring, strengthening your marriage, growing a family, the ministry you envision so passionately, starting a business, or maybe publishing a book. Encourage your panting heart. It's so important for us to thrive.

Keep that sparkle in your eye.

"There are far greater things ahead than any we leave behind." -- C.S. Lewis



5 comments :

  1. <3 such a good reminder, Jess.

    - Pris

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  2. Love this Jess!

    We have all been there - where we are so consumed with the past that we forget about the excitement and adventure hiding around the corner of tomorrow.

    I love that you referenced a C.S. Lewis quote - it reminded me of another one of his I like: “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” I know for me, after college I felt like those were my "dreaming years" and felt like once I began my career there was no more dreaming to be done.

    Thanks for the lovely reminder of the possibilities of tomorrow! Keep writing - you have wonderful wisdom & insight!

    Best,
    Nicole

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by Nicole! College was the same for me. I needed this encouragement today. Also, I'm a huge C.S. Lewis fan! Love that quote, too.

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  4. Jess,
    I loved this so much, you make me more and more proud every day,
    Love Mom.

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