Some of us begin a year with a vision. Filled with such passion, boldness, and with great faith we set off to pursue it. Then at the end of the year, we may find that things look a bit different than one expected. The vision remains in our heart and mind, but different circumstances, life, timing, alter what you had hoped would be the outcome, at least for the year.
Evaluation is good. It is definitely needed. Yet, I wonder for those who have had those unexpected results this year, who will continue with the vision and purpose God has given them, embracing the changes here and there… or who will settle for something, a life, a little more easily achievable.
I am speaking from experience. In the past I would let such results deter me from moving forward, letting my mind wander to all those things I never accomplished, to things and mistakes of the past really. My perspective would be one-sided. But not anymore!
I know, some of us may not have accomplished all we had hoped for this year, but the truth is, I know a year was not wasted! My year was lived in service of others, working with children, and developing friendships. I may not be where I had hoped to be when I left in January, but I continue moving forward in the hope and passion and vision God has given me.
“The hills of Andalusia were only two hours away, but there was an entire desert between him and the Pyramids. Yet the boy felt that there was another way to regard his situation; he was actually two hours closer to his treasure…the fact that the two hours had stretched into an entire year didn’t matter.” ~Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
I’m no longer the girl who can be easily stopped and persuaded to settle. I have a purpose. I know what it is. And I will keep moving forward.
So I say this in confidence and faith…I dare you to try to stop me!
If I fail, if I face challenges or obstacles, no matter how difficult it gets or amount of hard work it takes, even if it takes longer than I expect…I won’t be stopped.
The life of one child is worth it all!!!
What are you willing to give your life for?