Why the Rush?


Welp, it's that time of year once again. Somehow it how creeps up and surprises me every time.

You know the one I'm talking about. The time between Christmas and a brand new year. It's represents the adolescence of every year to me. I'm ready for a new, fresh beginning, and at the same time, not quite ready to let go of my evergreen and glitter. 

It's also the time of year that so many phrases and statements either begin or end with "now". Get fit right now...be happier now...get more energy now...fix your household budget now...

Now, please don't misunderstand. I know that all of those things are good and we all more or less strive for each of them at some point during the year or our lifetime. It just makes me laugh a little bit to see our society's mindset of wanting the quick fix. And by society, I mean all of us. I cannot tell you how many times I've gotten frustrated because I was unable to tell a difference after a weeks worth of workouts.


Just the other day during a movie trailer I heard this quote "if things were easy to find...they wouldn't be worth finding". Think about your spouse/significant other. Chances are you didn't open your door and find them waiting for you to fall in love with them. Or, if that was in fact the very way you met, what was the path like to get there? Past heartaches teach us what love is and how to do it. Falling in love wasn't instant for me. It took time and at times it was hard. But would we really want it any other way? I wouldn't. I don't sit back and savor the moments before Andrew and long for the broken hearts and cried tears again. I do however choose to see them for what they were; part of the learning process.

It takes a lifetime to learn how to live and it includes bumps in the road, joy, tears, anger, love and a whole lot of days that consist of trying to figure it all out. Life is about placing one foot in front of the other and taking steps toward what we want. Sometimes we may leap or maybe we feel as though we're stumbling through or maybe just flat our falling. Regardless of how we get there, it's the living part that actually gets us to where we need or want to be. And though reading a magazine article or about someone elses experiences can be motivational, no one conquered their desires by doing just that. It takes time which is something none of us have enough of, but thankfully the good Lord gave us a lifetime to live.

Which is the perfect segue to this; the only thing that can happen in an instant in our lives that is incredible and totally worth it and that we cannot work towards, is salvation. God gives His grace the moment you ask. You want pure, unwavering love and mercy for a lifetime? I promise you that if you asked for it right now, you would receive it. And no matter how many times you feel as though you have failed or made mistakes, salvation does not fail. You cannot outsin the cross or God's grace.

You can take this rambling for what it's worth, but I hope that you take something from it. In this season of resolutions and fresh beginnings, it would do us all some good to remember that the easy road is not always the one worth taking. And instant coffee isn't good so why would we think anything else would be? If there are changes you want to make then just remember that anything worth having in our lives will take longer than a snap of your fingers. Except for that grace thing I mentioned.

Instantaneous and more than worth it.

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Unknown said...

I agree. Learning is half the battle and 100% the reward. You have to go after it yourself... you can't sit around and wait for knowledge to come to you! (: Loved the inspiration!

Adrienne at La Vita e Bella said...

Just found this blog and love what you said here...so very true and wise. Thank you for posting this, I really needed to read it.

:) Happy New Year!


Unknown said...

That is true. Thanks for the reminder :)

carissa said...

i agree. this is such a good post. it's amazing to look back at our journey and see the good and bad and how God shaped us to be who wants us to be. and grace!!! praise Jesus for it! we'd be on a hopeless journey without Him, huh?!!!

Laura Darling said...

I love your perspective in this post! Gives me something to think about as we start 2012!

short stack said...

this is why i love you.

CAC muffin said...

I love this post! I totally agree! "instant coffeenisnt good why would we think anything else would be!" Love it

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