Make it Count

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.

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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!

7 thoughts on “Make it Count

  1. Shan

    This was great! Very nice perspective and really made me think!
    Found you since I just joined Christian Bloggers Network!

    Blessings,
    Shan
    The How to Guru

    Reply
  2. Amy P Boyd

    So often I am looking around trying to figure out how to get myself out the whatever in between I am in, I forget ‘It’s an opportunity to position ourselves in the right direction’. I need to be still and listen for His voice to tell me when and how to move forward.

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