Life is risky, in big and small ways. And we often wonder if we have what it takes to show up and play our part. But when we do, there are few joys that compare to the feeling of accomplishing whatever the challenge was before us.
And this starts even as little kids.
For instance, toddlers are very proud of themselves when they figure out something new, even as simple as climbing up steps by themselves or taking off their shoes. They figured out something challenging and they’re deeply satisfied as a result.
Graduations are another time in which accomplishments are celebrated. Students made their way through the challenges of academia and it’s only right to acknowledge and honor this achievement.
Weddings also stir a sense of accomplishment. Perhaps after years of waiting or sorting through many bad relationships, we finally found the one we want to spend the rest of our lives with. And while the marriage itself will still require a lot of work, we don’t take for granted there remains a unique sense of triumph for arriving at our wedding day.
Whatever it looks like, whether it’s completing a major project at work or discovering a creative way to stay connected with our loved ones, figuring out how to fix something around the house or simply assembling toys for our kids to play with, there’s a feeling of deep accomplishment for getting things done.
And while each accomplishment might not warrant a major celebration, and many might even go unnoticed by others, it’s still good to at least occasionally pat ourselves on the back for a job well done.
We were created to figure things out and to make things happen. And we don’t have to hide or feel bad for our accomplishments.
In the end, we simply thank God for the grace and courage to show up and accomplish all he has given us to do.
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