It’s Friday and time for another link-up with Lisa-Jo for Five Minute Friday. Friday is a time when we “write for five minutes no worrying if everything is just right.” You can join in the fun HERE.
Prompt: In Between
If I do nothing, if I don’t take intentional steps towards healing while I walk through this valley then all the bad stuff wins. The pain was in vain. Make all this crap count for something.
It was Lisa-Jo’s email about the word prompt and a newsletter email I received from Jeff Goins this morning about his new book The In Between (coming out next month) that prompted this memory in-between my sips of coffee. This was the internal conversation I had with myself years ago when a decade of running and decade of wrong turns brought me to the Valley of Choices.
Do I continue doing things the same way I have always done them or do I choose to take a long, hard look at how I got here?
For some reason anytime I think about not allowing the pain to be in vain I think of that scene in Saving Private Ryan when Tom Hanks says to Matt Damon, “Earn this.” I can picture Jesus saying that to me in that valley years ago.
Let me just clarify that I know there is no way I can repay him for His grace. There is nothing I can do to repay Him for taking all of my wrong turns and nailing them to the cross with Him that day…but I can make it count for something. I can make choices that lead me towards wholeness and healing.
That’s how I feel about the in-between. It’s an opportunity to position ourselves in the right direction. We might not have any say on how long we stay there…but we do have a say on the choices we make while we’re there.
Are you in the in-between? Make it count!