future

Pressing On Toward the Goal

I’m a dream chaser. I’ve spent the last six years chasing the dream God placed inside me of becoming a published author and speaker. Some weeks I make great strides and other weeks it seems I am at a dead stand still or even taking a few steps backwards. Despite the slow pace I refuse to give up on the dream God gave me. Like the apostle Paul “I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.”

Jesus grabbed me and has not let go, therefore I continue to press on. But what am I actually pressing on toward? Listen to what Paul said in Philippians 3:14…

I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

Paul pressed on to get the prize. The prize he referred to had nothing to do with with being an author or speaker, although that’s what he was. The prize he pressed on toward was a heavenward goal.

You and I live in a culture that encourages us to keep the prize in view as we run toward it and yet our ultimate prize is something we rarely think about. Instead we get all hung up on things that really don’t matter eternally.

When you dream of the future, is heaven in the picture?

When we focus on the temporal we will always be disappointed in the outcome. But when we focus on the eternal prize that awaits all believers in Christ Jesus we will never be disappointed in the end prize.

So today I choose to think bigger, to run harder toward my prize of eternal life with Christ Jesus in heaven.

Lord,

Help me today to keep an eternal perspective and not get sidetracked with the details of the work you have called me to.

Amen

 

 

 

By |November 12th, 2011|0 Comments|

Double Vision

I’m suffering from double vision. I don’t mean seeing the same image twice, but
seeing two images at once and not being able to focus clearly on the image
right in front of me.

The three images I’m referring to are my past, present and future. Do you suffer with
double vision too?

Do you remember the good ole days? I sure remember mine. In fact reminiscing on them
is one of my favorite past times. I remember when my kids were little and times
were good. I remember when my career was bustling and we were like the
Jefferson’s … movin on up. I remember old friendships that I thought would
always be and family traditions I thought we would always keep. Oh the good ole
days, what happened to them?

While my past is filled with fond memories my hopes for the future are equally exciting.
Where will God take me next? Hopefully someday soon I’ll have several published
books, travel the world speaking, retire to the beach and have some well
behaved grandchildren. Surely the economy will turn around soon and things will
be good again. Oh yes… the future holds much promise.

It seems I have no trouble thinking about how great things used to be or how great things
will be again someday. Focusing on today and seeing the great in it is not as
easy; hence my problem with double vision.

Whether we’re longing for the good ole days or aching for our future dreams to come true

both are distractions keeping us from seeing clearly what God is doing today.

By |October 28th, 2011|7 Comments|