Traveling Forward {Refusing to GIVE-UP}

travelingforward

Today, as we were driving I kept noticing something. Every 50 miles or so I would see signs that would say “Columbus,OH”. Here we were driving FROM Columbus, OH to North Carolina. I noticed the signs in Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina. At one point, we were about an hour away and had stopped to eat and get gas. We almost got on the highway to go back the way we came from. I panicked for a minute realizing that it was NOT the way we wanted to go and yelled out to Andrew. It caught me off guard and I said “We don’t want to go that way!!” Once we got going the right direction I started to process this more and realized that so many of us travel for LONG periods of time and we get tired, confused, and mixed around. But unlike today, we aren’t real sure how far the destination really is. With only an hour left in our trip it would be RIDICULOUS to turn around at this point. I only know that because we have a GPS that told us how far we were.

Have you ever felt like just giving up? Have you traveled a long road? Have you gotten mixed around, got off on the wrong exit maybe? Well, I have news for you. You may be a lot closer than you think and it would be RIDICULOUS to turn around. You have traveled enough road to not turn around. You don’t have to give up and go back. Even though there are signs that keep reminding you where you started… It does not determine where you will finish. Do you need a GPS in your life to tell you what way to go to finally get there? Do you need a voice in your life that you trust?

We have a choice to surround ourselves by things that keep telling us to turn around… to quit. Or we have the choice to surround ourselves with people who will be our voice when we are lost. People who will tell you to keep on going and show you the sign that proves your going in the right direction. Today I realized that I have felt defeated. I have felt lost. I have felt like giving up and just wanted to turn around. I have been focusing on the signs showing me the beginnning. BUT in that moment when I said “NO, we don’t want to go that way!”… I realized I don’t ever want to go back. I looked back at the road we have traveled and it would be so not worth giving it all up. We are getting somewhere. I just need to stay focused on the signs in my life that show me how to move forward instead of looking at the signs that take me back.

I am so thankful for the people who are in my life that keep encouraging us. The people that love us and cheer us on. We have family, friends, and even people in the industry who do nothing but encourage us to keep going. If you are out there and feel weathered, tired, and may even be considering giving up… Don’t. Don’t take a step away and separate yourself but instead draw closer and find those people who can help be the GPS for your journey. Today.. If this was the only reason I traveled that road with my husband.. It was worth it.

Sharing, serving, and celebrating,

Andrew + Chrissy