A life lived reluctantly is not what God has in mind for any of us.
Paul reminded me this morning in a passage that’s a paragraph with multiple underlines from a time and times before.
“Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own.
Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own.
But one thing I do:
forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you. Only let us hold true to what we have attained.”
Philippians 3:12-16 ESV
Beckoning me to remember who I was before when I’m disappointed in who I am now.
Reminding me it’s not at all easy, otherwise he’d not have used words like “pressing” and “strain”.
Paul’s words are true and valuable, validation for me that I’m not who I was before.
He wrote that God will let us know when we think otherwise about what is most important, the “upward” call, the movement of our motivation based on our relationship with Him.
Look up, Lisa Anne.
Look up and move forward, learning even more than what you thought was enough so far.
Learn from the pressing, the straining, the uncomfortable rub of life that is making new wine from your bitter grapes.
Continue and believe.
Continue towards the goodness that is yet to be fully known.