Just Keep Going

just keep going

Sometimes I read stories of and/or watch those a few years younger than me, those just out of college, who seem to know exactly what they want next, are sure of their calling in this life, or are passionate about one particular cause. And instead of taking time to consider how to best execute their dreams, or getting caught up in a cost-benefit analysis for their proposed plans, or worrying about how finances will fall into place, they just get to work and do something or go somewhere.

They seem so young, and sometimes their actions seem a bit impulsive and carefree, but they’re already doing what they love and living out their passions and dreams.

When I consider their path versus my own, it’s easy for me to fall into the ugly comparison trap of thinking I’ve somehow missed something, or in the very least that I’m behind.

That because I didn’t have the focus or the dream 5 years ago, I didn’t get it right.

That because I don’t have the life now that I envisioned then, something didn’t go right.

That because I still don’t have a clear vision of what this life should be about, I’m still not getting it right.

But if my one passion and drive is living for the Lord and glorifying Him through loving Him and loving His people, so what?

As I spent the entire month of October over a year ago fleshing out through a 31 Days series, this life isn’t about knowing exactly what comes next.

Yes, God calls some people to very specific tasks that last a lifetime.

But for the rest of us … we just keep risking. trusting. following. loving. going.

By faith. Eyes fixed on the perfect Author of this story. One step at a time.

Of course I’m not going to have it all figured out yet … or likely ever this side of heaven.

This life isn’t over and that’s not my job.

My job?

It’s to just keep going.

I will likely make hundreds of more wrong turns and try hundreds of more things … some of which may succeed, others of which will almost be guaranteed to fail.

But this God, this Jesus, whose way is perfect stays the same and never fails.

He’s got this world from beginning to end.

This day … this life … is His.

He’s got this.

So just keep going.

“…and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith…”
Hebrews 12:1-2 (ESV)


4 thoughts on “Just Keep Going

  1. Dawn Muench

    You are so not alone on this journey, that frankly I’m finding incredibly freeing! So happy to have met and be traveling w you! πŸ™‚

    1. Emily Post author

      Yes, that is incredibly freeing, friend! By the way, I owe you an email…be on the lookout! πŸ™‚

  2. Susan Stilwell

    Wow, Emily — if you think you entertain those thoughts when you’re in your 20s, fast-forward yourself 25 years!

    Honestly, I know people who live with that crippling mindset. One thing I’ve learned: faithful days become faithful years that turn into faithful lives. That’s all He asks of us. Great post πŸ™‚

    1. Emily Post author

      I thought about that when I wrote this – so I’m thinking it’s definitely best that I learn this now! Perspective is always restored and purpose renewed when eyes are fixed on Christ.

      Love what you said (and how you said it!) about faithfulness. So true.

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