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When You Feel Like a Failure

When You Feel Like Your Life is Under Construction

Over the course of 2 days I have seen more construction signs than I have in my entire life. They all had warnings of road work scheduled to take place. Many of them had a start date and an end date. It is always nice to know when you can expect for the construction to be done, especially if it changes your whole route.

What about in real life? Do you feel like one or more areas of your life is currently undergoing some change and you aren’t quite where you feel you should be? Are wondering when the “work” will be done. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a sign giving you the end date of all the problems and frustrations in your life?

Unfortunately, life doesn’t always come with these kids of answers. Personally, I feel like I am trying to reach some personal goals in several areas, like my business, my parenting, by physical fitness, etc. It has been a struggle to feel like I am putting in the work and yet, I am still not quite where I want to be. The construction is taking longer than I expected!

Feeling Like a Failure

No lie, after a while you start feeling like a failure. You begin to be overwhelmed with feelings of “I should be farther along” or “things should be better by now”.

Here’s the good news, when you feel like a failure, it just means the construction is not done. When you walk by any construction site, it looks a hot mess. Supplies, parts, dust and damage are everywhere. I have never walked by nice and neat construction site.

Life can look a lot like a construction zone sometimes. You can feel like everything is a hot mess and nothing is the way you really want it to be. Know this, friend: this is normal!

Your Purpose in Life

God has given each of us a purpose and assignment in life. There will be times when we must undergo construction in order to fulfill this assignment. I think about how God created me to be a mother. I always admit that I really struggle in this area. I feel like I try so hard to be a better mother to my kids; kinder and gentler, but I haven’t quite met that goal yet (inert major face palm emoji). Ultimately, I understand that God has given me challenge after challenge in the area of parenting and it is all part of the construction to make me an even better parent.

The Best is Yet To Come

Romans 8:28 (New Living Translation) states, “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” I love this scripture because it give us the reassurance that no matter how things look right now, they will be good in the end.

My father used to always say, “If it isn’t good, then that means it is just not over yet”! How amazing to know that good is always on the other side of the construction!

Hang in there. Keep working towards whatever it is that you were thinking about as you read this. The good is on the way!

If you are looking for some more encouragement to help you get through your construction zone, check out these blog posts:

How to Stay Motivated

16 Bible Verses for Encouragement

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