Don’t Give Up In The In-Between

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A dream is key to fulfilling your “why” of living.   A dream takes time.

So.

Do not give up.  Remember there’s always time between “now” and “not-yet.”  It’s the in-between space.

A Lesson

One of my kids had to learn to walk again after an injury.  The physical therapist started the walking lessons in a pool to make it easier, with less weight on the leg.  Even so.  It was not only painful, but hard to do.

A pattern developed:  Take a step.  Look down.  Check the leg.

There seemed to be  a disconnection between the brain and leg.

The pattern repeated each week.  We were all frustrated with the lack of progress.  After a few weeks, the physical therapist simply said:

Stop looking down.   Look forward.  You will walk well.

It changed everything.  Physical therapy eventually came to an end with the hoped-for-outcome.

I’ve told this story and made the same statement to many people who are stuck in the in-between of “now” and “not-yet.”  The thing is . . . there are times when it’s difficult to take one step forward . . . especially when there’s more questions than answers about the future.

The Point  

The in-between is a crucial space of living the with-God life.   It’s the space where the perspective of faith and trust is formed.

  1.  Stop looking down. In other words, stop focusing on what has or hasn’t occurred.
  • Yes. It can be a challenge to stop thinking about all the things which could or should have been a certain way.
  • And. It’s hard to stop wanting the good-old days back. 

Please note:  The strange thing about the good-old days is that those days seem better as time passes. 

2.  Look forward.  It takes courage and creativity to believe in the reality of possibilities.

  • Yes.  A change must be made.  Reframe the perspective with a vision of the dream. 
  • And. The dream needs to be reviewed and the belief in it renewed. 

3.  You will walk well.  These are life-giving soul-words of truth to remembered in the journey of life.  It may seem impossible when all the details are considered; however, with God all things are possible.

  • Yes. How the day is lived matters. There’s a daily assignment to live with the best attitude, thoughts, words, and actions.
  • And. Believe the best. The trajectory is the best.

Best Advice

Do not give up.  

No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead,  I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.  Philippians 3:13-14, NLT)

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