It was a blast!
While many phrases I heard from these two ladies that weekend have surfaced several times since, both challenging and encouraging me, what I can’t seem to get out of my mind is the title of that conference.
It was called Enjoy the Journey.
Do we do that?
Or do we dread the journey and pine for the goal?
Do we curse the journey (especially when it comes to matters of weight and health) and covet the goal?
I know from experience that focusing too much on a goal—be it a number on the scale or a pants size—can derail us.
We work and deny ourselves; we try and try again. But if after days, weeks or even months of the journey the goal is not reached….
Well, we throw ourselves a little hissy fit, pout and do an abrupt about-face.
At that point, we are now moving away from the goal and we know it.
Even though it is going to prolong the time it takes to get there, we actually enjoy our little hissy fits.
For a while.
Then we are back to wanting that goal oh so bad again.
So we embark on the journey….for the second, or fifth or twenty-seventh time.
What if instead the journey was our goal?
The daily denying of ourselves that draws us to and makes us more like Jesus?
What if we rejoiced that, although today I am not at my goal, I’m not where I was yesterday either?
What if we learned to intentionally embrace waiting, and patience and hard work not because they make the scale numbers drop but because they make us better at living?
Will you dare to make the journey the goal?
Be sure to come back Friday when I’ll have an Encouragement for Today devotion running at Proverbs 31 & on Crosswalk.com along with a guest’s giveaway. Oh…you are going to LOVE her!!
Those of you who are Weight Loss Wednesday gals (or who’d like to join our journey!) leave a comment letting us know how your week went so we can pray!
Enjoying the Journey,