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Future Peace {An Open Letter to My Future Self}

{If you ever set up a video camera at my house you would probably catch me talking to myself most of the day. I have to think out loud, tell myself to get up and do the next thing, plan out my day. Today, as I complete my series on peace, I thought I would let you in on a  little dialogue between my present self and my future self.}

Dear Future Self,

Today I am writing at the end of October. It has been a beautiful month, full of much.

I wonder how you are as you read these words. Where you are. What journeys you have traveled. What obstacles you’ve encountered. What relationships you have fostered and which ones have faded. What laughs you have had and tears you have cried. I wonder what your like is life now.

I wonder if you remember October 2014. That first fall in the small mountain town called Buena Vista. Do any memories arise when you think of this time?

I don’t know what you’ll remember of it. But I’ll tell you what you should know. You should know that this month you did more than you had thought possible, things you dreamed you could do but hadn’t tried. Like made your own bread, cooked three healthy  and mostly tasty meals a day, and learned how to cut high fructose corn syrup out of your diet. You got up at 5:50 or earlier every morning, never once pushing snooze. You climbed the tallest mountain in Colorado. And do you remember that first six mile run you ran without stopping? There were stretching situations, and opportunities to grow, and you learned that you were more capable than you thought.

Certainly you remember the thirty one day writing challenge you took. How you wrote every day, at least something, and then was brave enough to push publish and have people read what was in your heart. I hope you’re still writing. Your soul was so alive and it didn’t matter whether you had zero views or forty. You were becoming the writer you had always dreamed of being.

I don’t know what has come your way since that rich month of October 2014. But I hope you remembered one thing. It doesn’t end here. Those lists of accomplished goals are tremendous, worth celebrating. But it is only the beginning. There is immeasurably more to look forward to. More growing. More learning. More pressing forward with everything you have.

Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. -Philippians 4:12-14

When I catch up to you I hope to have found you looking ahead. I want to hear the onward battle cry sounding forth from your lips. Never stop moving closer in step with your Prince of Peace.

Further up and further in,

Your Present SelfIMG_1193

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