The last ACFW conference I focused on enjoying each minute. Instead of worrying over my appointments and my classes Here's a little quote from Forrest Gump "When I got tired, I slept. When I got hungry, I ate. When I had to go, you know, I went." :-) Seriously though, Forrest was on to something there. There is a huge amount of peace knowing you are where you should be, that this moment in time belongs to God, and you belong to Him also. Peace in your travels Reba. :-)
There’s Always a Way
When I set out on my forty mile bike ride from Orange Park, Florida to Dames Point, I knew it would be a challenging forty mile trek. I would ride through some quaint neighborhoods that are beautiful but would also have to travel some major surface roads.
My experience from riding in Jacksonville for many years has been anything but friendly to bicyclists. I’ve had many close calls and just as many friends who have been struck by vehicles. Yet, I needed to get from where I picked up Dakota to where I was staying.
So, when I got to one very busy road with no shoulder, I figured out another way. I took to the sidewalk. Portions I rode while others I walked. Runners from the local high school track team sprinted by me even when I rode. Just inches away, cars whizzed by trying to avoid the rush hour traffic.
I wound my way to my destination using backstreets and made it safely home. When you really want to get somewhere, there’s always a way.
The St. Johns River winds through Jacksonville and there are only seven bridges that a person can cross. What’s more, only two of them are open for pedestrian and bicycle traffic. All are very heavily traveled. You simply can’t get from one side of the city to the other without crossing a bridge.
Today a ship struck one of the bridges: The Matthews Bridge causing structural damage. Witnesses say they saw steel falling from the bridge into the river after the ship collided with it. The bridge was immediately closed.
Thousands of motorists were forced to find another way. They made it to their destinations, perhaps to a cold supper but they made it. Because they wanted to get home to see their families, they found a way. There’s always a way.
In your own life, you have dreams and desires. Some, like stopping at Dairy Queen for ice cream, are easy. Others, not so much. Some of them are downright difficult, if not impossible. But, just like getting from where I was to where I needed to be, there’s always a way.
It might not be pretty. I certainly didn’t look pro cyclist as I weaved and bobbed around telephone poles on the sidewalks or when I walked my bike alongside the railroad tracks. If I’d focused on how I looked, I’d have deemed my ride a dismal failure. Looking good isn’t the point. Getting safely from point A to point B is.
In your own life, don’t get hung up on those things that are not important. Focus on what’s important. When you feel stuck, remember, no matter what, there’s always a way to live your dream, and to get you where you need to be. Relax and enjoy the journey.
When did you get stuck by focusing on the wrong thing? Did you figure a way to get through it? Share it here!