Thursday, 16 July 2015

Celebrating the Quiet Victories

Imagine throwing a party every time a hurdle in life is overcome. The champagne gets broken out, streamers and balloons are hung up around the room, a cake is baked and iced ready to eat, and people are invited and ready to dance to a selected playlist of music. There are many victories that are not celebrated and it would be silly if there was a party each and every time. Life really would be a party!

There are some culturally accepted victories (most of us celebrate):

  • ·         Reaching a year older
  • ·         Passing a driving test
  • ·         Getting a first job
  • ·         Graduating

But within each of us we have personal battles and personal victories. The person next door may be struggling with insecurity, low self-esteem and anytime they walk in the room without apologising is a victory. The person who sits next to you at church may be battling anxiety and it is a victory they made it to the service. A work colleague may be battling depression and each day they turn up to work is a victory.

Each person’s victory is different but it does not make any of them less ‘celebrated’. The past two years have been full of victories for me. One of them has been a progression of overcoming fear in various areas of my life. Although I have usually been the last person to see them as victories, they are milestones all the same. I have a tendency, and I am sure many others have as well, to minimise any steps taken forward. If I look back over some of my past fears, I can chuckle as they seem trivial now.

Each step of overcoming fear is valid to celebrate. Maybe not to the extent of a party, but to acknowledge the step taken and thank God for giving you the strength. The steps I take to move forward in my life are different from the next person. When each step is taken to move forward, I picture Jesus celebrating in Heaven on our behalf. The power of the cross shows Jesus overcame death. With Jesus on my side, I can have strength to keep moving forward.

Whatever my personal victories may seem like or look like to someone else, each one is evidence of the grace of God in my life. When I look back over my life, not only do I feel thankful for the strength and hope of Jesus to have gotten me to this point, but I also see the growth that has allowed me to reach where I am in life now.

There is, however still one fear I have not yet overcome: spiders. Ironically, I write this post after having spotted a large sized spider hiding behind the couch I normally sit in. Even after I (so courageously) sprayed it and moved it outside, I am spending the evening cautiously sitting on another seat. Just in case. Maybe God is not finished with me yet!

And God is not finished with you yet, either. What is one quiet victory from this past week you can celebrate?


  1. I am quietly celebrating that I made it through 4 months of a difficult living situation with my in-laws and my brother-in-law's family. We move this weekend and I'm grateful to be leaving!

    xo, Chelsie @ Life with Rosie

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Chelsie! You should be proud for sticking it out through a living situation. All the best with moving :)

  2. So true, Katie! We have so many victories that we can celebrate and they all point back to God's faithfulness and goodness. I'm glad you were able to share the victories God has done in your's an encouragement to others who still struggle and helps us to remember to be compassionate (which is something this world is severely lacking!). Keep moving forward and one day you'll get over your fear of spiders too lol.

    Blessings, Liv

    1. Thanks Liv :) I am sure the fear of spiders will always be there but hey, God can do anything, right?
      So true they all point back to God's faithfulness and goodness. One day I will write more about specific victories in my life. It certainly has helped me to be a little more compassionate and encouraging to other who are not in the same place as me. We are all at different speeds and that is completely okay!

  3. I love this! I love focusing on the small victories and focusing on the GOOD!

    So glad Jesus isn't done with me yet - thanks for this reminder xoxo