Let Your Journey Matter
Did you ever wish you could have a do-over? I often think about what my life could have been like if I only knew then what I know now. Everything could have been so much different. I would have made better choices, and walked straighter paths. I could have avoided so many mistakes.
But if not for the past, what would today look like?
God has given me some invaluable insight into my journey. My journey matters. If I hadn’t had each one of those life experiences, I would not be where I am, nor would I be the person that I am today. We are a product of our experiences, and I wholeheartedly believe that God can use the good and the bad times in our lives for His glory and for our good.
From a physical perspective:
I speak from experience. I am the physical fitness coach who struggled with bulimia, as well as emotional and binge eating for over 20 years. How could I possibly help others to live a healthier life? Because I know firsthand what it is like to be a slave to food. I’ve experienced the pain of eating and eating and being unable to stop. I’ve seen that no matter how long someone has struggled with poor eating habits or excessive weight, it is never too late to change. When I finally had the courage to reveal my struggles to the world, it was only then that God could begin to use my struggles for His glory, and for my good (healing), as well as the good of those around me.
From a spiritual perspective:
I’ll leave it all to God’s word for this one. There are two verses in the bible that say it the best:
but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.
and, of course, my life verse, Philippians 4:13:
I can do all this through Christ Jesus who gives me strength.
We should always remember that nothing is impossible with God. He gives strength to the weary (Isaiah 40:29). His mercies are new every morning and great is His faithfulness (Lamentations 3:22-23).
Instead of hanging onto past regrets, I want to encourage you to focus on the lessons that you’ve learned from those past mistakes and difficult life experiences, and allow yourself the freedom to move past them, and use what you’ve lived through to encourage and support others. Let your journey matter.