ďBrethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead.Ē - Philippians 3:13
Itís amazing how some things never change! As I was cleaning my library, I came across my old journals way back from the 80ís, and read my goals and intention to be a better person. Always the first on my list was to grow in my spiritual walk. Not only that, I listed among my goals to lose weight, learn new skills, and to make a difference before I die. I just have to shake my head knowing how hard Iíve tried to change, how much I strived to accomplish, yet unable to finish what I started.
Thereís one great lesson that I learned though. Those things that I aimed to do and wished I could be were seemingly unattainable when I relied on my own ability, talents, skills and knowledge. Desires, determination and self-will were not enough when I tried to rely on myself alone. Five to 10 years from now, if God will give me more years and opportunities, the new goals that I will set now will just leave me oblivious if I donít rely on the Power greater than anything and anyone else, including myself.
Growing up must be a moment by moment walk with God. Itís holding His hands with stronger grip, letting my Master walk before me, instead of me walking before Him. Itís allowing the Holy Spirit to manifest His fruit in my life. Itís learning to deflate my pride and ego and kneel down in humility, asking God what He wants me to do, instead of telling Him to do the things I planned to do.
Itís a new month again! The past is gone. Today is here, a fresh new day to start anew. The present time shapes our tomorrow. No matter what the future holds, Iím confident that God is doing amazing things in us if we allow Him, even if at times there are valleys and hills along the way.
Itís a new day! My prayer is that we will choose to move forward, instead of looking back and doing the same old things over and over again.
Keep moving onÖbut forward in Christ.
ďI press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.Ē Philippians 3:14
Dear Gloria...WOW, you've done it, again. GOD BLESS YOU! You have such an obedient heart and soul and you allow us to witness your wonderful growth as you follow the Lord. I always feel spurred on after reading your messages... they are beautifully written and are full of practical guidance and inspiration. I LOVE reading about how you are letting God teach you, day after day. I also love your humility for that shows us that even we can strive to grow and that God will equip us as He calls us. We don't need to be strong in and of ourselves, just willing to be molded by Him. You are SUCH AN INSPIRATION! Keep growing and keep sharing! Love, SiS Peggy