"What there is now is not all that will ever be."
I've said that at least 7 times in the past 10 days. And I think it's because I'm incurably short-sighted. I get discouraged because I look at my life - my messy room, my poor eating habits, my clothes that don't fit so nice, my homework load, my shortcomings - and I forget that I'm growing. Even when I can't see it, or my family, or my friends... I'm growing. I'm better than I was two years ago, or even six months ago. Because life moves. It teaches you things. Inevitably. I handle stress better, I process my struggles differently, and I am most definitely more mature emotionally than I ever have been.
So how come I can't look at where I am, be encouraged at how far I've come, and know that I am not all that I'll ever be? that where I am won't always be where I am?
It's just interesting to me. I can watch a movie, and, even though the beginning may be full of despair or conflict, I know that that's not the end of the movie. The plot moves, the characters develop and change, the story progresses. Now, maybe it's because I have the shortest attention span in the world, or because I've seen enough movies to know this is how it goes. But life is like that. Nothing looks like the beginning does - not the end, or the middle, or 2 weeks in. Every day is different. Life moves. It keeps going. And we grow.
I have grown. And I haven't stopped growing! Sometimes I feel like I'm as good as I'm going to be, and I get incredibly discontent with the result. But I'm not at the end yet! I'm growing, and becoming a fuller, better me every day.
"And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion..."
He began this process; He is faithful to finish it. I am not all I will ever be, and there is more beyond what there is.
And He is good through it all. Really good.