Strive for the Future

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Day 19 - December 19, 2019

Strive for the Future

“Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead” -Philippians 3:13

As a cheerleader who flips around and gets thrown in the air, I often get asked if I am scared when I’m doing these skills. To be honest, there’s usually a small part of me that is a little scared, but after years of practice, I know that if I commit to the skill I will most likely remain safe and succeed. My secret is to think about the end result. I envision myself doing the skill perfectly, and allow the feeling of success to wash over me. Have I been dropped before? Have I hurt myself before? Have I failed before? The answer is yes, yes, and absolutely yes, but I try not to think about those times. I know thinking about it will only hinder me and increase my chances of repeating those undesired results. Instead of reminiscing on my failures, I focus my mind on the future. In Philippians, Paul touches on this idea. God does not expect us to be perfect after we commit our lives to following him, but he does call us to forget the past and strive toward a brighter future. God is calling us to commitment. He longs for us to burn what is holding us back, so we can grow in our relationship with him. He wants us to stop hiding in the shadows behind our sin, and, instead, bask in his warm and complete goodness. Today, I challenge you to contemplate what are you hiding behind? What can you let go that will draw you closer to God? 

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, Open my eyes to what is holding me back from you. Give me the strength to cut ties with what does not align with your will. I don’t want to be angry, feel ashamed, or worry. I want to be encompassed by your peace. Help me understand that relationships take time, and one with you is no different. Show me what concrete steps I can take to move forward with my relationship with you. I want to be committed to you above all else. In your name, we pray, Amen.

submitted by Nicole Brey


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