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May 19, 2016, 1:00 PM

Just Learn


by Haley MaKenna Hardman

“The rest of your life is a long time. And whether you know it or not, it’s being shaped right now. You can choose to blame your circumstances on fate, or bad luck or bad choices…or you can fight back! Things aren’t always going to be fair in the real world; that’s just the way it is. But, for the most part you get what you give. Let me ask you a question: what’s worse, not getting what you wished for, or getting it and finding out it’s not enough? The rest of your life is being shaped right now with the dreams that you chase, the choices you make, and the person you decide to be. The rest of your life is a long time, and the rest of your life starts right now.” –Haley James Scott, One Tree Hill

 

When I heard this I was reminded of something someone once told me: “Stop worrying about what step to take next, and take this time that you’re in right now and just learn. Learn. Learn. And learn some more. Even if that’s all you do during this season. Because as soon as you step out there, you’re going to wish that you had learned as much as you could while you could. Trust me. Learn while you still have the chance.” This was told to me the night that I admitted to a human being- three actually- that I was called to a ministry. It had been sitting on my chest quite literally for about three days before I told a soul. I hadn’t told anyone, or even really admitted it to myself before then, because I thought that as soon as I said it out loud everything would be real, I would have to know how to do it by myself, and I would have to be ready. I was wrong… Are you ever really all the way ready? Can you ever truthfully say that you are ready for anything that life may throw your way? I’ll answer that for you: no. You can’t. You can be prepared for things if you know in advance that they may happen, but you can’t possibly know everything that your day is going to hold. In turn, you cannot possibly be absolutely ready for anything. I had the audacity to use that as an excuse to not do what God was calling me to. Don’t worry, that mindset didn’t last long, but it’s taken me a while to get to where I am, and if you ask me tomorrow, I may have a different outlook on life because I change every day.

It’s been nearly a year since that night. Oh how much I’ve learned in a year’s time. I didn’t always want to just learn though, and it’s taken me some time to be okay with it. I’m the kind of person that likes to make plans and have everything scheduled out, and then do it no matter what. It’s hard for me to see the check point in this race and still have to keep my pace. If I were to race ahead, I wouldn’t make it to the end because I would use all of my energy getting there and not have enough to finish. Do you see where I’m going with this?

 

1 Corinthians 7:17 (NLT) says,

Each of you should continue to live in whatever situation the Lord has placed you, and remain as you were when God first called you.

 

            There’s a song by Jared Anderson called, “Where I Am Right Now” and it has become my “reminder” song, because I constantly have to remind myself to slow down. I think we as a church, and as individuals, try to skip to the part where everything is sunshine and rainbows, but we rarely ever touch on the stops in between the beginning and end because the middle isn’t always easy. Do you think that if David hadn’t spent all of those years fighting off bears and lions by himself that he would’ve relied on God so easily? Do you think that if Saul hadn’t persecuted the church before Jesus met him on the road to Damascus that he would’ve had the same passionate heart for those that were active in the church, yet not acting like true Christ followers? We have to remember, I have to remember, that the things we’re going through right now are for a reason. Instead of hating the season we’re in, or trying to skip ahead to the good parts, we should be thankful for the training that we go through on a daily basis, and just go along for the adventure that God is taking us on. Look at it this way: Abraham had to wait 25 years for God’s promise to be fulfilled in his life. At one point, Abraham got impatient with God and tried to take matters into his own hands, and he ended up creating the enemy of what would be his future kid.

            If you’re like me and you get impatient sometimes, understand that the things you’re going through right now have something to teach you, and they’re shaping you into the vessel of honor that God created you to be. Don’t negate the learning seasons or get impatient. It may seem like you’re not going anywhere, but trust me, you’re making much more progress than you can see. Just learn.

 

- Haley 


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