There is HOPE for the Future!
Written by Kendyl Jones on November 7, 2017
“Not that I have already obtained this or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 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.
Sometimes getting up in the morning is the hardest thing I have to do. Not because I didn’t sleep enough, not because the covers make a perfect cocoon around me. Sometimes physically stepping out of bed in the morning is the hardest thing I have to do because I can’t deal with another day full of decisions. I live in the fear that someday I’m going to make the wrong decision – and then what? What happens after I make a bad choice?
Isn’t the reason I feel what I feel today a result of all the bad choices I’ve made in the past? What’s the point of getting ready, going to work, filling out paperwork, writing, producing, answering phone calls and going to meetings? Is there a point?
I will tell you this – I do not have the answer – “Not that I have already obtained this or have already arrived at my goal… Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it.”
I still wake up, every morning, feeling like I can’t conquer another day, wondering if I’m going to continue to choose well – to choose Jesus.
And then I get Scriptures like this, carefully placed perfectly in my life in the perfect moments, when I feel like I cannot do another day – “Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead.”
When I feel like everything that I’ve done has already ruined me, tainted me and I feel like there’s nothing to look forward to in the future. Like there’s nothing life could possibly offer that would make me want to live it – “Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead.”
When I am reminded by Satan, by people, by my own crazy brain trying to ruin my day that I’ve been a horrible person in the past. Reminding me that if I made bad choices then, what makes me think I won’t continuously make bad choices? – “Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead.”
It’s THEN that I get to step out of bed, take a shower, put on makeup, make a cup of coffee, walk the dog and accept the fact that… I am covered! I am covered, from the highest hair on the top of my head to the skin on the bottom of my foot, by the blood of Jesus. I am DRENCHED in grace, in mercy, in forgiveness.
If I am covered by the blood of Jesus, who cares who I was then? If I’m covered by the blood of Jesus, why would I continue to make bad choices, dishonoring the one who covered me? If someone came down from paradise, and WILLINGLY chose to be nailed to a tree so that I could have freedom, why wouldn’t I choose to serve him? Why wouldn’t I want to JUMP out of bed in the brand-new light of a wonderful new day?
Of course I can get out of bed! Of course I can embrace this day! God planned this day for me – he has an agenda and I am a part of it! WHAT an HONOR!
“Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead.”
God has planned an extravagant future for me, and I would be a fool to waste it away. How silly of me to think that it would be better to stay in bed, or not live at all, instead of choosing to do life God’s way.
It doesn’t matter what I did in the past. Jesus already took care of that. When he was nailed to the cross he was saying, “I’m washing away everything you have done and everything you could ever do. Just choose me.”
I will choose to get out of bed, joyfully! I will choose you, Jesus. I will forget what is behind, and I will look FORWARD to the bright, radiant, exciting future you have planned. And I will GLORIFY the name of Jesus every step of the way.
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