More than halfway through 2018, I wonder if anyone else out there like myself checks in with the lists and goals they made at the beginning of the year? How are you doing?
Honestly, there's a mix of pros and cons from where I started. I have, however, felt exhausted and wanted to quit many times over the past weeks and months. I have experienced those feelings and emotions many times throughout my entire life and have continued to learn that I have to go back to my "why."
The "why" is always where you find the purpose. The purpose will never be found in the accolades or validation of anyone or anything. The reason, passion, and purpose are etched on the soul of your heart. I tend to relate that to our calling. We are all called and created with individual gifts and talents but also birthed with specific passions and desires that long to be fulfilled.
In saying that, I have met many that know beyond a doubt what those passions and desires are and then have met many who long to have that revelation. All in all, I am confident that what you hold dear to your heart and allow to pour out freely on a daily basis - no one else can do it like you. In this day and time, we need courage like never before to step out in faith and trust what the Creator has placed within us. It's time to stop comparing ourselves amongst each other and start cheering each other on whether we are in the same lane as them or not. By doing so, when those weary days come for us or others, we can lock arms, help hold each other up and press on.
Ultimately, there is a purpose hidden within each of us. That purpose should be the fuel to keep going even when fatigue sinks in. Don't get me wrong, rest is vital to the race, but not finishing should never be an option.
Wherever you find yourself in this year, I pray you will take a moment to reflect and renew on your purpose and the "why." There is encouragement found in this passage from Philippians 1:6, "That He who began a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ."