Growing up in the middle of rural Nebraska the view often looked like this. Regardless of which direction you looked, there wasn’t much to see but roads that appeared to have no end, with no houses in sight.
As a kid, I longed to live in town and be closer to other kids and stores and swimming pools. Now as an adult, I realize just how good I had it growing up in the carefree world of the country. I love the wide-open spaces and would jump at the chance to back there. When I return now and see the never-ending roads, I am reminded of the roads we travel in our lives…..and the perspectives we have when we are traveling.
There are times when it seems like the journey we are on is so terribly long and lonely that we are tempted to look for a short cut or maybe to quit altogether. I think these are the times we forget to reach out to others and ask for help or encouragement along the way. We somehow think we need to carry our load alone.
When was the last time you asked for help from a friend?
Other times, we simply haven’t prepared well for the journey.
Have we taken the time to care for ourselves? Are we in shape physically? Have we eaten well? When was the last time you slept a good eight hours? What about our family relationships? How about spiritually? Even financially? Taking care of us, means EVERY area of our lives. It means being our best selves to walk our journey and not having to worry.
Maybe, we simply get discouraged because we have forgotten how to be thankful for all that we have along the way – we even forget to look out the window and see the beautiful view. I am amazed at how different I am when I take the time to be grateful for all that God has done in my life!
What are you thankful for today? List them! Do this everyday.
What is going on in your life right now? Are you on a journey that is exhausting? Are you stuck somewhere and not even moving?
Everyday leaders choose to take time each day to reflect, making sure we walk the journey with confidence – knowing we are given a gift to influence the lives of others each day along the way!