First off, if you don’t know who Jim Elliot is (and would like to).. click here!
I came across this quote a few years ago but it wasn’t until now that it’s gained a deeper meaning for me.
You see, I consider myself to be a dreamer. I love to dream about what my future will look like: the places God will send me, the people I will meet, the things I will do, etc.
Lately my life has been so different than I had expected. Being a teacher is probably the hardest thing I’ve ever done and in the midst of the really hard times I started to find solace in the future.
Now, I’m not saying that being hopeful of what’s to come is a bad thing.. because it’s not! But I started to realize that, for me, living in the possibility of a future that I had made up in my mind was better than coming to the realization of where I was in my life.
To me, the quote, “wherever you are, be all there” means that no matter the season you are in .. whether great or painful.. be fully committed to it. Instead of allowing God to prepare me for the challenges that come with teaching, I was choosing to self soothe with things that I’m not even sure will even happen (my plans are not always God’s plans). By refusing to be present in my current season, I was ultimately refusing an opportunity of spiritual growth and also minimizing my gratefulness. How could I be grateful when my focus was not on what was around me?
This past week I challenged myself to fully immerse myself in the now. To complain less and appreciate more. To speak more words of gratitude and less of bitterness. Let me tell you, it has been changing my perspective more and more each day. I can’t wait to look back a year from now and reflect on how God was using this time in my life for something I could have never imagined. He’s that good. Here I go getting ahead of myself again.. but for now, I will choose to live fully in the present.
Also… this song couldn’t have come out at a better time.