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Jan 13 2017

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What can I do in the middle?

The Five Minute Friday word is middle.

Middle of the journey

Middle

Go.

Are we there yet?

I hear the voice of my kids in the car of trips long ago. It’s always the same. They want to be there already. Often, we haven’t left the city, let alone the state.

No. We’re not there yet. 

I’m like that with my faith. I want to be there already. No struggles with sin. Great, unwavering faith.

I’m not at the very beginning. I’m in the middle of my journey of faith. I don’t know the day I’ll meet Jesus. That day will be my “arrived” day. Until then, I am on the long road of the middle.

What can I do in the middle?

I can enjoy the journey, looking forward to the day I’ll see my Lord face to face.

I can take this time to grow–and invite others to join me.

I can celebrate my faith as it is. Just because I haven’t “arrived” doesn’t mean I haven’t made progress. I have. Those baby steps and big steps are steps. I’m not where I used to be. And that’s worth a yippee. (I forget to look back with the purpose of celebration.)

I’m in the middle, and I’m moving.

Stop.

What do you do to enjoy, grow, and celebrate your faith?

When I spend time thanking God for his goodness to me, I enjoy the journey.

When I dive into the Bible and allow it to transform me, I grow.

When I look back and remember the things I’ve learned over a day, a week, a year, or over a lifetime, I find lots to celebrate. God taught the Israelites to put down stones of remembrance. My growth in Christ is really a celebration of God’s work in me.

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  1. Lesley

    Sometimes I feel I’m constantly asking God, “Are we there yet?” I like your advice for living in the middle- it is the place where we grow and it’s important to enjoy the journey and celebrate our progress along the way.
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    1. Cheryl

      Thank you for visiting. After I had written, I wondered if the three (enjoy, grow, celebrate) would apply to any middle. “Enjoy” would take God’s grace, especially in the middle of pain. It is possible, but I can see how difficult it would be. I can’t ever say I “enjoyed” my labors. I looked forward to the birth but not the process.The enjoyment comes with looking ahead to what will be. Jesus had a joy before him as he endured the cross.

  2. Carolina Hinojosa-Cisneros

    I love the idea of what can I do from the middle. So glad to be your neighbor at #fiveminutefriday. Have a blessed week.

    1. Cheryl

      Thanks for visiting.

  3. Janis Cox

    Great analogy. I can picture those car rides. Middle times are good – aren’t we always in the middle – going somewhere but not there yet. I am enjoying my journey of faith.
    Blessings,
    Janis

    1. Cheryl

      I am enjoying my faith. I’m learning and growing. God is teaching me new things everyday.

      Thanks for visiting.

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