There is nothing better than to leave mass with a message that sticks. Yesterday, I was lucky to have heard a memorable line from the priest during his homily. “I am not who I will be; I am not who I ought to be, but thank God I am not who I used to be.” It was one of those times you want to shout out “Amen!” because it holds so much truth. I am going to keep this one short because the message is already so clear. The best really is yet to come. This doesn’t mean we wait for “the best.” It just proves that we aren’t stagnant. We aren’t at our final destination. There are still improvements to come-thank God! Really think about never changing, would you be satisfied with how you are? Well, you should be to some extent, but not forever. Comfort doesn’t bring forth change. I have learned throughout this year of transition to crave uncomfortable situations. It is in those times that you grow, that you improve.
You can actually use this in all aspects of your life. Let’s talk health, which is something everybody yearns to have. I can honestly say that my body is not where it will be, it’s not where it ought to be, but it isn’t where it used to be. That one thought gives me the affirmation and motivation I need to push forward. Mentally and spiritually I am not where I will be, I am not where I ought to be, but I’m not where I used to be. You see what this does for you? It is forcing you to see just how far you’ve come. I promise you, I’m not perfect, but I am sure of a whole lot better. I have a long way to go to reach my peak, but at least I’m still on the uphill path.
I challenge you to use this mantra when you begin to beat yourself up. Stop anticipating the finish line. Focus on how far you’ve come since the starting line! I hate to break it to you, but this race we’re in is never ending. If you think there is a final destination in this life, I disagree. We are in a constant battle with ourselves to improve. Use this as the fuel you need to stay on path during your life’s race. Think of each year as another mile. Yes, you may get tired, but the endurance you are building will carry you through!
On this Tuesday, repeat after me,
“I am not who I will be; I am not who I ought to be, but thank God I am not who I used to be.”