Joy in the Journey

When asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”, I should have just been honest with my answer, now that I realize what I actually wanted.

An overnight success.

There, you have it! That’s it. That’s what I want.

I want the medal without the training, the position without the preparation and the result without the requirements to get there.

Now, when I say that out loud, I am very aware that it’s not a possibility and in my heart of hearts, I don’t truly want these things but my actions speak otherwise. My expectations are aware of the process but they would rather bypass all the preparation.

If we could all have a six-pack while eating Cheetos and avoiding ab workouts (because they are dreadful), we would all be like SIGN ME UP.

But we know that the actual reward, when it’s all said and done, is not the physical change that is produced, it is the person we became and the character we developed in order to reach the result.

The discipline, determination and discernment that moved us from the couch to the 10k? That’s what lasts. That’s what matters. That’s what our God is about and after–can we see it like He does?

Friend, I don’t know where you are on your journey and I’m not sure where you are hoping to “arrive”, but I do know this: Joy is found exactly there.

Joy is in the process and preparation and the perspiration (because we all know it’s going to require a little sweat to get there).

Joy is not absent until the finish line; rather it is the juice that keeps us pedaling forward when the rain starts falling. It is the GIFT that the Lord offers us when we are on our way–“Now,” Jesus says. Now is when you tap into that joy supply because there is abundance to experience on the road ahead.

May your FriYAY and the rest of your ride be full of foot-stomping, hand-clapping, crazy, contagious JOY.

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” -James 1:2-3
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” -Romans 15:13



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