I don’t know about you, but I’ve caught myself with thoughts like these a thousand different times. It’s that ridiculous thought of how I’m not quite there yet, but someday when life is perfect and I’ve figured it all out, then I’ll start living the way that I have always esteemed, I’ll be that person that I’ve always longed to be.
I’ll have the time to explore all of those crazy little ideas. I’ll have the ability to invest a little more here, and maybe give a little more freely there.
The truth of it is, we are always going to be living within some type of in-between.
This space and time here on this beautiful earth is just that — the time in-between.
We’re not quite at or destination, but we’ve been given some sort of start.
We’re far from living in perfection, but after all — we’re living, aren't we?
What would happen if we stopped living for that ideal time that seems to always be just around the bend and never within our reach?
What would happen if we stopped delaying until it all measures up the way we want it?
What if we stopped waiting to really live, and instead learned to live amidst the make-shift, less-than-perfect places that we are all found in?
I’ve had to come to grips with it and I’ll have to a thousand times more — once I’ve reached the only place of perfection, it will be too late for me to live the way that I was someday going to live, and do all of those beautiful things that I was someday going to do. Better get to that now, friends.
Each moment that slips by is a chance to make some little difference in another person’s life.
One of the countless wonders of our God is the exquisite way that He redeems each of our far from perfect lives.
He’s proven His ability in countless ways to work with less than ideal tools and situations. It's never stopped Him from working miracles before.
Maybe our greatest impact could come through something as simple as a passing word that brings life to another, or a unfiltered note that you wrote on a quick impulse.
And what if some of our greatest joys could be found right in the midst of less than ideal circumstances, but hey — we went ahead and did it anyway. Will we regret it? Maybe, but more than likely — not one bit.
Your lack doesn’t have to keep you from living the way that you and I were created to live. In fact, your lack is what will radiate the unmistakable trace of our God's perfect ability.
Your shortcomings, and meager beginnings, and messes in the midst of living — they aren’t going to disappear. Why don’t we go ahead and make the best of it by giving of ourselves in spite of all of it?
I think that our God who gave us the task of reflecting His glory, is able to work it all into some sort of beautiful story.
After all — we're really only capable of simply being willing.