The beginning is the beautiful mystery of God's amazing grace. The grace that has already been paid for, doesn't cost us a thing other than acceptance and assures us of salvation. All we have to do is allow God to love us, bless us, change us. We just have to believe and take the first step onto the road of faith. The journey of faith is a whirlwind. t's exciting, challenging, unbelievably rewarding, requiring discipline and surrender. It's not supposed to be easy, but the rewards of growing in our faith, growing in God's grace and abundant love for us is worth every step of the challenge.
However, I would venture to say we've all felt stuck at some point in our lives. There have been circumstances we've had to deal with that left us feeling helpless and held back. At some point in the journey, our faith has become stagnant; we've lost the motivation to keep pressing forward. Paul uses very descriptive language to describe the trek that we sometimes must take.
Getting unstuck takes discipline, it takes a change of perspective. It takes allowing yourself to surrender a little bit more and be changed so that God can reveal the next level of abundance he has in store for us.
So my suggestion… whatever that stuck place is for you right now, try, just try, being grateful for it. Not for the pain or hurt, of course, but grateful for the reminder that we need God and that no matter how stuck we may feel, He is there, waiting to love us, to change us, to get us unstuck, and to help us discover this abundant life that just gets more and more amazing. The gratitude isn't a "quick fix," but it does open your heart to allow God's transforming grace in. It is the key to living life abundantly.