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What Lessons Have I Learned?
When I was originally approached about writing this article, I thought that this would be super easy. I could simply look over some of my old journal entries, pick one and run with it. Sounds easy enough, right? Not really. You see, here I am five days from the submission deadline, and I haven’t even cracked open one of my journals. I’m at a total loss for words. What could I possibly have to say that you might be interested in reading? Things that make you go “hmm.” My thoughts exactly!
Seriously though, what life lessons have I learned that I could share? Did you notice what just happened? I just made this assignment infinitely more difficult. I unintentionally turned one article into a thousand. Although it was a simple swerve of thought, my “lesson” became “lessons.” That may not seem like a big deal to most, but for me it’s huge. In life, I think, we tend to get caught up in the possibilities of what could be and miss out on the beauty of what is. Don’t get me wrong, I’m pro goal setting, dreaming, and seeing the big picture so to speak. However, in reality, it is all about present perspective. When I try to look too far forward, my perspective can totally shift as I drift into what I call “daydream worries.” I trust you know the feeling. I’m sure each of us can relate to having one foot in tomorrow, another in yesterday, and completely miss the joy of being present today.
This article is a perfect example! You see, it’s almost 5:00 a.m. and I have been writing, thinking, praying, drinking coffee, and stressing about what to write. Thankfully, about halfway through the process, I was able to connect the dots and just go with it. All I needed was to do was shift my perspective from thoughts of tomorrow to the truth of today. So, what’s the lesson? Be present! Enjoy the “now” of where you are in Him. Philippians 4:6-7 teaches us to “be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication to make our requests known to God and the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will guard our hearts and our minds in Christ Jesus.”
And there you have it, friends, a true “Lesson Learned.” Who knows, perhaps next time I’ll talk to you about how I continued to apply this little principle of trust and present participation as I step into this new journey. But for now, I’m just going to enjoy the truth that God makes all things work together for the good! Even time I thought was wasted turned into something useful. He is faithful!