In the Middle

Here we are at the beginning of a new year; new opportunities, hopes and goals. Ready for the clean slate that comes with new beginnings.

Or maybe you are at the end, celebrating the end of 2011, glad to see it over and ready to close the door.

Life seems to hand us constant beginnings: New life, new relationships, new jobs, new houses, babies and opportunities. Most beginnings only happen when there has been an ending. Some door had to be shut in order for another to open. And we seem to be living in the constant shove to see the ending. Ready for the new and the next.  We rush along, push through and find ourselves at the end…… sometimes more relieved the experience is over than taking any time to reflect on where the journey has brought us.

Between the beginning and the end, that is your story, that is our life. We won’t be defined by how many beginnings we had. And it won’t be about surviving to the end or just getting by until it is over. What did you do with the middle?

Did you love people along the way? Did you serve when it wasn’t expected? Laughed and found joy in the hardest moments?

The middle is what makes us whole. Completes us. In the beginning we celebrate and at the end we give thanks to move on.

We are in the middle. Are we in the moment, living fully in our journey?

~Angela

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3 thoughts on “In the Middle

  1. This is such a wonderful post, Angela! It occurred to me as I was reading it that most things God has for us are a process versus a beginning or ending. He constantly reminds me, when I am feeling that I am “once again, back to square one”, that He is not finished with me yet. Gardens take time to grow, and begin with compost heaps. Works of art do not often “look” like the finished product whilst in the process of becoming. Becoming a runner of marathons does not happen overnight. How we “get there” is every bit as important as the destination itself.

    Jesus said that He wanted to give us abundant life, which means being involved in the process with an active mind and spirit in the present. He wants to bless us above all that we could ask or think TODAY, not just at the end of the race.

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