Wise words from my Weight Watcher leader a few weeks ago.
She used this phrase when confessing to our group, she didn’t like cauliflower. “At least not yet. I am staying open-minded. Someday I will find a recipe using cauliflower that I will like, just not yet.”
Not bad advice for acquiring any new taste in food. Or stepping out of our comfort zones to new adventures. Or giving grace to our souls and the souls of others.
“Not yet” comes from the old English meaning “till now, thus far” implying opportunities still await us.
Her phrase lingers in my heart. Two simple words, releasing the locked gates around a self-limiting belief. An unassuming phrase to let go of a past experience that burdens and weighs us down.
A surprisingly strong expression empowering us to keep at it, to be open, not to give up.
Not yet moves us forward from helplessness into hopefulness.
Using the phrase “not yet” gives a framework to change negative thinking into positive living.
To hope means to be ready at every moment for that which is not yet born, and yet not become desperate if there is no birth in our lifetime.
- No cure for cancer – not yet.
- I am not at my goal weight – not yet.
- I can’t forgive that person – not yet.
- I will never…. – not yet.
Not yet brings patience to our waiting in the in-between times. Not yet is a pregnant phrase – holy anticipation of new birth.
- Not the best job – not yet.
- I haven’t met the right spouse – not yet.
- I do believe that the relationship will be restored – not yet.
In the name of the best within you, do not sacrifice this world to those who are its worst. In the name of the values that keep you alive, do not let your vision of man be distorted by the ugly, the cowardly, the mindless in those who have never achieved his title. Do not lose your knowledge that man’s proper estate is an upright posture, an intransigent mind and a step that travels unlimited roads. Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark, in the hopeless swamps of the approximate, the not-quite, the not-yet, the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish, in lonely frustration for the life you deserved, but have never been able to reach. Check your road and the nature of your battle. The world you desired can be won, it exists, it is real, it is possible, it’s yours.
God’s Not Yet
God isn’t finished with me or any of us – not yet.
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
Philippians 1: 6
We are in desperate need of grace – grace to ourselves and grace to the other. I find discouragement in all the political infighting, civil unrest, climate catastrophe and strained and shattered relationships.
Not yet gives me hope.
Not yet shifts my perspective and I begin to faintly see the world, other human beings, and even myself as God sees.
I mess up. I try to control and prove myself worthy. Not yet is not an excuse, but a joy-filled invitation to humbly return to my Creator, who is not done with me yet – not yet.
When my faith waivers and I take my eyes from Jesus – the Master Potter molds and shapes me once more time.
When others drive me crazy and I am angry, impatient, and unloving, God reminds me we are all beloved children of God – all of us. My heart so longs to be love, to be with Christ, and to see him in all people and things. Not yet, but someday.
We are being spiritual constructed all the time.
I have added this phrase to my tool chest. When I catch myself caught in negative thoughts and actions, I practice saying not yet out loud. To be honest, at times I don’t fully believe it, but am willing to give God space to work it out in his time.
God hasn’t failed yet!
What do you think of the way “not yet” transforms our language and thoughts?