And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.
2 Corinthians 3:18
My family and I try to take a vacation every year. For my wife, vacation time starts as soon as I am home from the last day of work. She gets excited about the entire journey…the lists, the packing, even the drive, are all part of the fun of vacation. For me, vacation starts when we get where we are going! When we finally arrive at our destination, I seem to finally be able to relax and enjoy the vacation. My wife gets far more out of the vacation because she enjoys the entire journey, where I limit my enjoyment to just the destination.
If it were that way with just vacations, I wouldn’t worry about my thought process too much. But my mindset funnels into my everyday life as well. There is no denying that life, especially the life that follows Jesus, is a journey we are on. When we decide to follow Jesus, we are at that moment made righteous and considered clean by the Father. Yet to see all that Jesus acquired for us lived out in our lives is a constant journey. Always learning, always growing, always yearning to see the destination of a whole and complete life submitted to God.
If we hold to a “once I arrive” mindset, we will be frustrated and wondering why following Jesus seems so hard. It leaves us wondering if we are ever going to get it right. Maybe we even wonder if our faith was ever real at all. It will leave us always waiting for something that won’t happen.
But a “journey” mindset says everything can be a learning moment that God will use to bring us closer to Him. No failure, no struggle, no success fall out of the realm of God working us toward the destination of being finally and fully trusting of Him. This is the heart behind Romans 8:28: And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. No matter what we experience in life, God can use it on the journey of making us more like Him.
So in those moments when you are frustrated because you haven’t figured it out yet, stop yourself in the thought. Remind yourself that you are on a journey of becoming like Him, and ask God what He wants to teach you in this moment. Even in moments of repentance, God can show His love and grace for us…and we can take one step closer toward the destination.