But sometimes… that’s not enough.
Despite an overall sense of contentment, I’ve also felt quite defeated lately. Work. Health. Finances. They aren’t exactly making me feel like I can take on the world.
I got to thinking, “When DID I feel like I could take on the world? When was the last time I was not only happy, but excited about my life and the direction it was headed in?”
The answer was clear: before I went to Uganda.
From when I accepted the position at Heritage International School in Kampala, Uganda in April 2013, to the day I left for Uganda in July 2013, were the greatest months of my life because I was so… excited! I knew that I was smack in the middle of God’s will for my life. I knew I was about to have an amazing adventure. I had so much to look forward to!
So the question is, as I sit here feeling a bit defeated and discouraged, why can’t I be excited about what’s next? Why can’t I be just as excited as I was before I went to Uganda?
The answer is simple: because I don’t KNOW what’s next.
But God does. He knows what’s next. And He knows that it’s exactly what I need. Isn’t that enough to be excited about?
Starting right now, I’m going to start living my life like I’m excited again. I’m excited to see what God has planned. Multiple people have told me that God is going to use my experience in writing and serving internationally in some great way. Instead of sitting here annoyed that it hasn’t happened yet, I’m going to be excited! Elated! Ecstatic!
I encourage you to do the same. You may think you have nothing to be excited about, nothing to look forward to. I understand that. It’s often difficult to convince ourselves that God is going to do something spectacular in our lives. But you have to have faith.
You might find yourself so excited that you’re smiling when you least expect it. And if someone asks why you’re smiling, just tell them the truth: “God’s about to do something great in my life!”
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11
“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them.” Romans 8:28