With the new year started I have been reflecting A LOT! Today at Church they started a new series called "You in 5 years". I think that is so fitting for the new year and gets us all started to think about our resolutions and how to set goals that are realistic.
"Most people overestimate what they can do in a short term and underestimate what they can do in the long term".
When I think about myself 5 years ago I was twenty- years old. I lived in Wisconsin and was graduating beauty school. As I play back the years leading to where I am now I am overwhelmed with emotion. The things that God has revealed to me about myself in those years are tremendous. I have grown up so much and have made lots of decisions, both good and bad. But most importantly in all of that I made small steps closer to Him. I kept myself a priority enough to not settle and fight for a life where Heaven comes to earth. It makes me so anxious to see what God has in store for me in the next five years.
Some of us aren't in that same situation. Maybe you are finding yourself stuck in a rut and unsure of how to get out of it. I remember being there myself. I remember thinking about my life and being unsure of how I even got there. I thought "Well crap, that was fast". I had made so many investments in the wrong people and situations and thought that it would be impossible to get out of the mess I had made into my life.
Now when I look back at it, that is exactly where God needed me to be. I was lead to a point in my life where I was at rock bottom. I had lost myself in the world and didn't even know what it looked like to be Danielle Piper anymore. It is a good thing that my creator knows cause I would have been lost. He took control and I fully had to surrender and trust Him.
I believe we naturally do those things for the people when we love them. We want to sacrifice things so that they are better off and we trust others with our feelings, our finances and that kind of thing. I think that it is hard to grasp surrendering situations and trusting in someone that isn't right there in front of us.
Over the last couple of months I have asked God to take me on a journey. I asked for him to make himself more "real" to me. I asked him to make our relationship interactive so that I am more confident in my decisions and life choices. The more I am growing the more I am realizing how often times we wonder where God is in our daily lives. The answer is that he is always right there and were just not. We get so wrapped up in everything around us that we loose touch with him just like you do an old friend.
They spoke this morning about how the future version of you is just an exaggerated version of you now. So the point is you should start making healthy changes now if you don't want the future version of you to look like you magnified. I would hope we all want to be nice, generous, loving, dependable people in five years.
So start now.
Surround yourself with people that are life giving. Stop watching those toxic shows that make you think horrible things. Stop hanging out with those friends who always want to compare. Stop going on social media right away in the morning and give those times to the one who created you. He knows where you should be and he is going to show you how to get there. We can't do it on our own. We need him, we need a savior and he is it.