t is not a glamorous word. It doesn't make your heart fill with excitement or your spirit well up with joy. Consistency speaks more of hard work, persevering patience, intense waiting, and consistent trying. And yet, though this word may not be the most alluring, it is a quality that can make the difference between an good life and an abundant life.
"I can do it myself now!"
The words every parent longs to hear, when they are surrounded by the tasks that a helpless baby demands. And yet, those same words can cause a parent to shed tears when they hear them spoken by that same child who is now a toddler grasping for independence. The milestone moments we witness as a parent when our children move from completely dependent to independent are both joyful and tearful. We all want our children to grow up, and yet, in those moments we ourselves have to also be willing to let go for their good.
Have you ever started reading a book, and then due to time, distraction, or simply a lack of commitment you quit reading? Instead you put the book down, leaving the page you last read folded so when you return you will know where to pick up in the story. Yet, so often, we don't return. We forget, we procrastinate, and we delay. Sometimes it may be because the beginning was a bit slow and we failed to latch on to the story, or perhaps we were just an impatient reader, spoiled by our culture focused on getting to the point—for whatever reason we stop before the real action has even begun. We never complete the story, abandoning unfinished plots and half-developed characters inside those unread pages.
The same is true in our journey through life and the story of our destiny. Our lives are like that book; a story that is evolving and slowly unravelling itself as we grow, invest, remain diligent, and commit to continue turning the pages. Our undiscovered hopes and dreams are chapters in that book, chapters we may never read if we don’t resist the temptation to walk away when we are struggling to push past those tough and often unappealing chapters. We must daily commit to turn the pages in order for the full story to be revealed. When we commit to press on, each chapter brings new hope, new relationships, new adventures and revelations as the story unfolds and situations that once seemed unclear are brought to a conclusion.
When we turn the page, live it out, commit to faith in words and deeds, only then can our hopes be fully realized. That's why Scripture says only the diligent will see their hopes come to pass. Life’s opportunities were never given to the one who passively sat and waited for things to come her way. No—diligence means being consistent, attentive, and productive with what is in front of you. It means studying the Author of Life and the themes He has carefully placed in your story, earnestly seeking to understand His will and purposes, shaping our responses and decisions accordingly. Patience is vital to be able to move forward in the right timing and to the right destinations, so don’t give up in the chapters that drag on; they are just leading up to the main events. Without those days and chapters of preparation, the highlights and turning point events can't be sustained. So keep your diligence to the very end.
So today, are you ready to turn the page and continue what God has begun in you? Maybe it’s a decision to keep in touch with this community of women “daring to be” together, discovering more of who God has called us to be! Often we are overwhelmed by all the unpredictable twists and turns in the plot, but we are called to press on, to faithfully commit to the whatever lies ahead. Some of the things you are seeking are awaiting you further along in the story, so go on. Get excited, pick back up the book of your life today and turn the page. Be an anticipating reader and an active writer—turn the page! Let the journey begin!