I just had a birthday. It was wonderful. You all are a pretty big reason that it was as amazing as it was (this, this and this are just a few of the things that made my day over the top. ). Also, I’m in London right now, which totally doesn’t hurt.
One thing I love about birthdays is the opportunity they provide to stop and take stock of my life. In doing so, I’ve realized that there are very few things in life that are certain. Birth is one. (YAY! You’re here!) Death is another. (Game over). Everything in between is pretty much up for interpretation.
Where will you live? What do you want to do? Where will you spend your time?
It’s almost like one of those choose your own adventure books that I loved so much as a child.
I must admit, that every time I took one of those books out of the library I could never just choose the one ending. I would always cheat and read ahead to see how all the different options ended. I always wanted to know how my decision would pay off? Would I end up with 2.5 kids in a house with a white picket fence? Would I end up running my own business? Would I end up traveling the world? Should I have taken the risk?
It’s not hard to make the jump to real life. Unfortunately, it’s not quite as simple as skimming through to the end of the book to see how my decisions pan out. I’m daily confronted with the opportunity to make decisions. Some big. Some small. Some may only decide the direction of my morning. Caffeine? Yes, please! Others may have much longer and lasting results.
There are a few things I’ve learned in 32 years of life (yikes! It feels funny writing that). One being that when in doubt….
Take the risk!
Life is full of surprises. Don’t wait until some distant day in the future to start pursuing your dreams and living your life. Make the absolute most of the current season you are in. Don’t wait until your job changes to love your job. Don’t wait until you make more money to start saving. Don’t wait until you’re married. Don’t wait until your kids are in college.
Don’t wait. Don’t wait. Don’t wait.
Don’t wait until you’re not afraid. Do it now. Take the first step.
Do it scared.
The world is waiting for you to take the leap, to live your dreams, to be all that God intended you to be. Life is full of surprises and we can’t choose our own ending, but we can trust that we are not in this journey alone. God has promised not only to “never leave us, nor forsake us” (Deut 31:6) but He has also promised that He has “plans for a hope and a future” (Jer. 29:11)
What are you waiting for? Go live the life you dream of! The world needs more people who stop playing it safe. After all, life is more exciting when it’s an adventure!