This encouraged my heart so much the other day. As I reread it this morning, I am so thankful for God’s grace upon me. His mercies are truly new every single morning!
“Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.” Phil. 3:12
Well, I am not fooled – I know that I have certainly not arrived, I am not perfect. (I’m pretty sure my children know it too!!) I can be easily weighed down by my short comings and failures. There are many each day. But, I am not expected to be perfect. I just absolutely can not be perfect this side of heaven. Try as I may, I will fail. But I will get up and try again the next day.
“I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead. (vs. 13) Get up and keep going after it. One of my fathers in the faith was adamant, “Don’t quit. Don’t stop, Just keep going.” It’s kind of become my life motto. What else can you really do? Just lay down and mope? Well, maybe for a little bit, but it certainly doesn’t accomplish anything good! So whether I feel like a complete failure and I’ve blown it (again) or I feel like I’ve really accomplished something great – either way – get up and go for it again!
“Let us, as many as are mature, have this mind…” (vs. 15). So, I will grow in Jesus and I will get up and do my best today.