It is easy to say that you are in the right place at the right time when you are in a positive position. We can easily declare that we fought our way to be right here or sacrificed enough to achieve a certain status when things feel great, but what about the times when we find ourselves in a valley. Many of us pat ourselves on the back for our successes and beat ourselves up for our failures. We should not do either. Our success is not always triggered simply by the things we have done recently, but usually manifestations of seeds we planted long ago. Our failures are not always a result of recent missteps, but a bump along this road called life.
We can easily look at ourselves and say we deserve to be where we are, except if we are in a bad place. Although we may not deserve it, many of us need to go through that valley to be prepared for the next level. The glory of our greatness is balanced by the reality of our limitations. We can only be great as the weaknesses we recognize and work through. It is easy to highlight our strengths, but it takes courage to expose our weaknesses and transform them into foundational characteristics that lead to a better us. We excel naturally through our strengths, but we build character by converting our weaknesses into lessons of power.
Accept that you are in the right place at all stages of life. Learn all of the lessons the first time around so that you are always moving forward, even when you are going through growing pains. I am where I am supposed to be right now and I was where I was supposed to be weeks ago when I was in a dark place. I had to go through that tunnel to get to the light. The tunnel taught me how to focus, how to fight, how to listen, and how to learn even when it feels like I am stuck. I never want to go back there, but my next tunnel will be full of new lessons and help me to be better than I was before I entered it!
I am enjoying the light and preparing my mind for my next valley or tunnel. I want to grow and reach greater heights and I know this will take me through many valleys, over many mountains, and through many tunnels. Basking in the glory of His goodness and accepting that the days behind me helped me be where I am today. I am blessed. I am grateful. I am where I am supposed to be.
Your steps are ordered. Live Excellently. Be you. Do you. Tell your own story. On your own terms.