As you have been going through the 40-day Challenge, I hope you’ve had some victories. But if you’re like me, you’ve struggled at times. When you follow Jesus, there will be days that you struggle. There will be days that don’t go as planned. The Christian walk is not easy by any means. But even when you fail, it doesn’t disqualify you from being a follower of Jesus! As you have spent time reading God’s word, praying and seeking Him, trust that He has a plan for your life.

Jeremiah 29:11-13 NIV

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.  You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

Have you ever taken a trip with your kids when they were little? I remember many vacations with my wife and son. We always had a great time when we got to our destination but getting there was always an adventure! My son would start asking “are we there yet?” just a few hours into our trip! I would always laugh and say “no, Joseph, we’re not there yet. Just enjoy the trip!” That answer never seemed to satisfy him, but when we got there, it always was worth the wait. Our Christian life is a lot like that road trip. We get so focused on the destination, we don’t enjoy the journey. Heaven is our ultimate destination but Jesus wants us to enjoy the here and now!

John 10:10 AMP 

“I’ve come that you may have real life, and enjoy it in abundance – to the fullest, until it overflows!”

I love how The Message puts it:

“Jesus [said] … ‘I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of’”

It’s amazing to know that through Jesus, you can live life to the fullest. Jesus didn’t say our lives would be perfect, but if we are connected to Him, we can face any situation with confidence knowing He is with us.

John 15:5

I am the vine, and you are the branches. If you stay connected to me . . . you’ll produce a lot of fruit. But you can’t do anything without me!

God has a plan for every area of your life. Your education, your marriage, your career – not just your church life! And he promises to lead and guide us if we trust Him with the details. I don’t know what tomorrow will bring. I don’t know what next year will bring, but I know God sees the road ahead so I’ll trust Him and enjoy the journey.

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