Enjoy the Journey . . .
We’ve heard it said. We’ve seen it written on cards. We’ve had friends tell us, “Just relax, enjoy the journey.”
It’s an awesome encouragement, but, it’s not always easy to find joy along life’s broken road. Sometimes I wish I was more like my dogs. It seems so easy for them to enjoy life! No matter where we are, what we’re doing, rain or shine, they’re tail wagging happy or at the very least they’re calm and content.
What’s the key to finding joy in life, especially when times are tough?
Having observed my dogs year after year, day in and day out, I think the secret to their joyful attitude is their complete trust in me. They know without a shadow of a doubt that I love them and that I always look out for them.
Their example encourages me to worry less and to trust God’s plan. After all God went through on the cross, suffering an excruciating death to demonstrate his undying love for me, how can I not trust his plan?
God says in Jeremiah 29:11–
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.”Jeremiah 29:11
This verse gives 3 powerful keys to help us trust God and enjoy life’s journey:
1. God knows the future;
2. God has a hand tailored plan for us that works for our good; and
3. God loves us and wants to give us a hope and a future!
Numbers 2 and 3 can be hard to understand, especially when life is tough. Practically, they mean that every experience in life, whether it feels good or not, will ultimate work for our future good. This is why we don’t have to fear tomorrow, and why we can relax and enjoy the journey God has lay before us. In sum—WE HAVE HOPE!
When your heart is heavy and the future looks bleak, put your trust in God and say this out loud—
GOD KNOWS THE FUTURE.
GOD LOVES ME AND HAS A PLAN FOR MY LIFE.
WITH GOD, I HAVE HOPE FOR TOMORROW!
Friend, you were meant for so much more than a life marked by anxiety and fear. God wants you to know that he loves you, that he’s good, and that you can trust his plan every moment of the day. Relax today as you go about your work and activities. Be joyful, or at the very least, be content. And when you can’t see his plan, trust his heart. Remember— God loves you and has a plan for your life.
Will you trust his plan today?
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Leila Grandemange is an author, encourager, and dog lover whose passion is to inspire comfort and joy and the loving care of our furry friends! Her genuine and creative approach to communicating (i.e. using storytelling and her furry friends) helps people embrace a richer, simpler, more meaningful life. Read more
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