At the Winters Villa, we call it “hitting your wall”.
You may call it something else at your house, but we call “It” that. The thing you feel when you know you can’t take one more step, one more move, one more phone call not returned, one more whatever. It is when you’re flat-out “spent”.
You have nothing left to give yourself – or anyone else for that matter.
To be honest friends, I have felt that more than once in the last several years. Starting over a life is not easy. Losing my parents, who were such strong Godly pillars in my life, and simply having to make so many decisions about our life and life’s work has been flat-out exhausting at times.
But I know many of you are walking through the same journey as Winters and I are. I also know it could be even harder and I am grateful it is not. On this Thankful Thursday I am grateful for the friends that have chosen to stand beside us and face our future, or “giants” as Winters calls them, together with us. I am thankful for those friends that say” how can I help,” and “what can I do,” or simply “I love your latest post or Winters’ interview”. Words that speak hope and words that speak life to weary journeyman. I pray I give the same encouragement to you and those I meet.
In Everyone Needs A Sam, Winters writes that many will go to the mountain top with you. There are many who want to tag along when you are important, but few will walk life’s dark valley with you. He talks about those faithful friends that will join you in your lowest and darkest hour as you are searching for a light switch, and they bring the flash light. I pray I am that kind of friend, packed with a flash light and willing and ready to turn it on at a moment’s notice. I thank God for all my flashlight-carrying friends. You are a blessing to us.
We have been on the mountain top of success and we have been in the deep valley of despair. We have been rich and we have been poor. But as the apostle Paul said, “I have learned to be content no matter the circumstances.”
This past week was a week of reflection. That can be a good thing, but only if you come out the other side with more perspective and understanding. And so I did, have more insight and perspective that is. I wish some of the events of the past could have been different, but they weren’t and if they were different I would probably not be sitting here typing this post. So again, I have a deeper appreciation for the here and now.
Winters is a deeper, more compassionate and wiser man than he was and for that I am so grateful. Because of the path we have chosen Winters Writes. It is his gift. His calling. Non-conventional as it may be.
I recently read a phrase on an artist friend’s business card the other day, it simply read:
“Sometimes on the way to the dream you get lost and find a better one”
I love that.
I think it can be so true , often we have a plan. We think we know what we want and we head out on the journey, dreams packed, prepared and ready. We have great plans. However, along the way you find an even better one.
New passions, new purpose and new opportunities may pop up right in front of us and we must be open and willing to see the new dream God may have for us.
If the word of God says “He will give you the desires of your heart”, then the way I see it He will either give you the desires of your heart or change your heart’s desire. I really do think it is that simple. There may just be a new dream God is just trying to birth in your heart and life. It might be right around the corner. One prayer time or devotional away from being birthed.
So if you have “hit your wall,” you have lost your “whatever” and you feel completely spent and on top of that you are afraid your dream is just out of reach …
Be restored and renewed.
Ask God for eyes to see and just wait, any moment your friends will start turning on their flashlights.
You are not alone.
On this Thankful Thursday dear friends, be renewed as you step into new purpose and new dreams! Because frankly maybe the new dream is better than the old one anyway. And thank God for the friends with flashlights.
Be blessed and encouraged abundantly today on this Thankful Thursday as we remember that what ever we are walking through, God has not been taken by surprise, you are not lost, but found.
And the Dream, whatever it may be, is still alive and well in your heart and soul whether it be an old one or a brand new one!