The other day I found myself walking the dog before the sun had risen and I reflected on the fact that I now enjoy the solitude and peace of our early morning walks together unlike seasons past. There was a time that walking the dog before sunrise would have been repulsive to me; however, as my season of life has shifted and what I value in this period is different than the last. One of the keys of embracing the season you are in is not focusing on the season to come or the season from the past but concentrate on embracing the good in your current season. People tell me things they don’t like or don’t want for their future, but we change just like the seasons and what is of value to us in the seasons to come may not be of value to us to us now. When I look back on my life in the last five years, I can see that I was changing through those years to the point that I am now a morning person and a person who likes walking the dog before dawn. Who knew I would enjoy that habit of pre-dawn walks, or be a morning person for that matter?! If you look to your future to be filled with the same elements of today, you will be disappointed because life, people, circumstances, and everything else changes. Five years from now you will be a different version of yourself. Have hope, friends. Life will not be as it is today. In fact, life will be a better version if we continue to push toward the disciplines our heart is calling to us right now.
“No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” Hebrews 12:11