• Bethany Bell

You Get What You Go For.

What kind of person do you want to be?

Earlier this year I applied for a job that facilitated and supported families who had chosen to be foster carers. I thought I'd be brilliant, but I didn't get it.

I've played board games with my family (seriously intense!!) determined to win, and sad to say, the dice don't always fall in my favour.

I've walked into a shopping centre with a list and walked away empty-handed because I didn't find what I was looking for.

I've even entered competitions hoping to win tickets so Sophie and I can adventure overseas, I'm still waiting.


When I say, 'you get what you go for', I am not talking about jobs, games, shopping and prize draws. Though there is some truth in having intentionality toward these, that's not my focus. What I want to draw your attention to is that you get what you go for in yourself.


I recently moved interstate (if you didn't know!). With that move have walked through an emotional transition. Not a chucking tantrums, crying myself to sleep or some other perceived idea of "emotional" that we conjure up. But, the stuff where my inner world has been in turmoil as it walked through this change.


Let's be real, transitions are not all roses and cupcakes. This particular transition has been great in the tangible but challenging with the intangible things. Not so subtly this journey is reminding me that I get what I go for.


If I am feeling discontent and focus on it. Guess what? I remain discontent.

If I am feeling frustrated or confused, choosing to fixate on the issue rather than yield to the mystery. Guess what? I remain so.

If I am feeling so unlike myself as my emotions ride a roller coaster, I get what I go for.


Recently, each day for a few days running, I chose to write down 10 things that I was thankful for, I chose to read my Bible with greater intention and chose to be vulnerable with people which brought about meaningful conversations that gave wisdom, insight and understanding.


What are you currently focusing on? What emotions and thought patterns are becoming your norm? Does your inner world reflect that of Christ's teaching?


We can look outwardly to blame our circumstances or the behaviour of others. Or we can take a step back and look at what we are focusing on in our inner world… because maybe, we're just getting what we're going for.


What kind of person do you want to be? What is one thing you can choose to focus on today that will move you more in that direction? Having a healthy inner world doesn’t happen accidentally, it happens with intentionality.


Having a healthy inner world doesn’t happen accidentally, it happens with intentionality.

2 Timothy 6: 11-12 TPT Timothy, you are God’s man, so run from all these errors. Instead, chase after true holiness, justice, faithfulness, love, hope, and tender humility. So fight with faith for the winner’s prize! Lay your hands upon eternal life, for this is your calling—celebrating in faith before the multitude of witnesses!


Further reading: Philippians 3:5-12 TPT

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