I have been contemplating, praying, and journaling quite a bit these past few months, and even more since the ladies retreat I attended in April. I continue to work through the forgiveness process. (Read more about that here.) Life is definitely a journey of constant awareness and growth. We never "arrive" while on this earth, but rather work, learn, and grow. I have an area in my life that often nags me for change and freedom. I even wrote about this area in a blog last year. I make commitments. I make changes. I make progress. Then I find myself back in the same struggle. I've called it a "thorn in the flesh." I've thrown up the white flag in defeat time and time again. I've "beaten myself up" over and over. I have begged God for a different struggle.
I speak of progress, not perfection. I know in my head that perfection is unattainable, yet I demand perfection from myself in this area. I am unfair and unkind to myself because of my inability to achieve and maintain perfection. In an honest journal time recently I realized that the struggle is 20+ years old and taking steps to try and "fix" this began at least twelve years ago.
And yet, here I sit. . . once again choosing to pick myself up and make another step of progress.
"Knocked down seven times, get up eight."
Today is about persistence and never giving up. It's about hope because there is always hope. It's about possibility, because there is always possibility if I am willing to pick myself up and go after it again.
Is there an area of your life where you feel like you will never experience victory and freedom? Do you still (deep down inside) have a desire to find victory? Are you willing to take action?
If yes, consider the cost. I am not talking about the cost of achieving freedom, but the price you are paying by not achieving freedom in this area. For me the costs are deep and wide - there are many to consider.
I want to live an extraordinary life. This kind of life is not about the things I do, but rather about walking in obedience to God through every thing He lays or allows in my path. The sacrifice is difficult and often painful, but it is worth it!
(I’m Traci, the "Be Extraordinary!" blogger. I share insights that challenge and encourage moms to be the best version of themselves. To me, that’s an extraordinary life! Click HERE to receive blog updates and a free newsletter.)