Your Best Days Are Ahead Of You

When I look at this picture, I see a young woman filled with hopes, dreams, excitement and a deep, deep love for God. These were the days that were filled with friends, freedom, full-time ministry, and adventure. Days of planning youth retreats, speaking at youth retreats and writing. Days where I was told that I was making a difference. Days where I saw lives being changed. And days where I was told that my future was extremely bright.

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And then, something happened along the way. I was deeply wounded by the church I was working at and I questioned my calling. I experienced a molar pregnancy and miscarriage; my hopes for three boys left me questioning my worth as a mother of one child. And just when I thought my future was looking bright and I was moving forward, I was once again deeply wounded by people I thought I could trust. And soon after, we found ourselves in debt; debt that was paid off by leaving our beloved home and moving in with my parents for a year and a half.

God, this is NOT the life I signed-up for or even dreamed about.

Maybe you can relate. Maybe life hasn’t turned out quite how you had hoped it would. Maybe you’ve seen more disappointment than victories. And if you’re honest with yourself, you’re hurt, bruised, and tired; sometimes you just wish you could go back to the days when life was good and easy.

I know, I get it; I’ve been there too. And honestly, I think the enemy would love nothing more than for us to focus on the past, because when we focus on the past, we don’t move forward. And when we don’t move forward, we can’t and we don’t fulfill the calling that God has given us. Instead, we spend our time reminiscing about the “good days” and we soon find ourselves sad, depressed and looking for a way of escape. We stay stuck on the sidelines instead of getting into the game and playing hard.

Friend, this isn’t the life that God wants for you. Take a moment and think about Job and Ruth from the Bible.

Job was a man who longed for God and lived his life for God; he was upright and blameless. He shunned evil. And, he was VERY wealthy. Life was good. But then, calamity struck; he lost EVERYTHING, including his family. The enemy attacked and Job mourned. And I wonder if he too had thoughts of, “my best days are behind me.”

But yet, in Job 1:21-22 he says, ‘“Naked I came from my mother’s womb, naked I’ll return to the womb of the earth. God gives, God takes. God’s name be ever blessed.” Not once through all this did Job sin; not once did he blame God.’

Now, let’s look at Ruth. Out of nowhere, her husband of 10-years dies. And back in the day when this happened, women were left helpless because their well being depended on the man that they were married to. After her husband dies, she goes off with her mother-in-law into a foreign country where she knows no one, working in the fields. Maybe she too was thinking that her best days were behind her; this wasn’t the life she dreamed about.

But yet, in both of these biblical examples, we see that God wasn’t finished with them, their best days were ahead of them! Job 42:12 says, “God blessed Job’s later life even more than his earlier life.” And Ruth, she married Boaz and had a son named Obed and she became a part of the lineage of Jesus!

Friend, your best days are NOT behind you, they are ahead of you. You might have hit some rough patches lately, but don’t lose the hope that you have in Jesus. Choose to see these patches as growth patches; the opportunity to become more like Jesus. Even in the low moments of life, God is doing a mighty work behind the scenes and you never know when He will come through and change your life for the better! Count it all joy!

Jen Bennett

Dr. Jen Bennett is the Social Media/Communication Specialist and Project Manager at iBloom. Jen’s passion is helping businesses, ministries and individuals, #BeWorthFollowing. Jen enjoys speaking, training, and writing on all things that inspire and help leaders build a digital footprint and personal brand that is different and that helps them stand out and influence people in a crowded and noisy social media world.

Comments

  1. Just had a rough bump…disappointment with someone who wanted to partner with me, offered me a $ amount & then went back on our contract. So this was amazingly timely & encouraging for me, Jen! I have that history of difficult church experiences & relationship problems in the past too! It is so hurtful but God must have something better for me! Please keep me in prayer!

    • I’m SO happy that this encouraged you. I really believe that God is protecting you from something you just can’t see right now. Hang in there, God definitely has something different and better for you Robin 🙂

  2. Elizabeth says:

    Tears. Thank you so much for sharing your heart. It is so easy to get stuck in that rough place and we lose our faith and we lose our perspective. That huge blessing or reward may be just around the corner. The life we plan is nothing compared to the life God wants for us.

    • Thank you, Elizabeth! Choosing to let God have His way in all of this! Believing for that Godly breakthrough.

    • Oh how I understand that Elizabeth; I’ve been there. My life looks nothing like I thought it would, but honestly, I wouldn’t have it any other way because God has taught me SO much and ultimately, it’s about drawing closer to Him and becoming more like Him. So very grateful for you friend!

  3. LOVE this Jen! “Choose to see these patches as growth patches; the opportunity to become more like Jesus.” Great reminder for my heart today!

    • I’m so happy Kim! Yes, I’ve learned that perspective can make all difference. And when I choose to see the “patches” of life as “growth patches,” my outlook changes for the better 🙂

  4. Just on time. So needed to hear this. Going through breast cancer and I have looked at the past allot lately. Your so right my best days are yet to come. Praise God!!

    • Oh Karrie! I’m so happy that this encouraged you! I’m believing that God has something amazing in store for you and that your story is going to touch the lives of thousands! Your best days are yet to come!

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