We were making flowers – like the ones you see in the picture – last night for our friend’s graduation party. Let me just say, it’s not as easy as you may think!
Ok, it’s easy. Kindergarteners could do it.
But an adult hellbent on perfection (me)? Not so much. I threw mini fits, threatened to never do it again, you name it, I did/said it. Sometimes it’s hard to tell me from the toddlers! Ha!
Anyway, I didn’t end up quitting. And with each one I finished, they started improving (as did my attitude). They still didn’t look like my imagination said they should. But, they were nice!
I want to encourage you today to not give up on reaching your goals, no matter how big or small they are. For some of you, it may be making your bed. For others, it may be climbing Mt. Everest. Either way, just keep moving! You’ll get there eventually, if you refuse to give up.
You will most likely go through different stages of maturity as you reach your goal, much like I did. It’s not always easy to stay focused when things keep going wrong. But if we choose to keep our focus on Him, instead of the “impossible”, things will start to fall into place. Obviously, I have not perfected this, but I’m always working on it!
Here are two verses that I find comforting, and motivating!
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, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
– Philippians 3:13-14
We all know that when there’s a race, all the runners bolt for the finish line, but only one will take the prize. When you run, run for the prize! Athletes in training are very strict with themselves, exercising self-control over desires, and for what? For a wreath that soon withers or is crushed or simply forgotten. That is not our race. We run for the crown that we will wear for eternity. So I don’t run aimlessly. I don’t let my eyes drift off the finish line. When I box, I don’t throw punches in the air. I discipline my body and make it my slave so that after all this, after I have brought the gospel to others, I will still be qualified to win the prize.
– 1 Corinthians 9:24-27
I will be praying for you all this week as you continue the journey of reaching your goals!
On a side note, would you all be lifting my brother, Matt, up in prayer? He’s been battling sickness after sickness, and now a virus that’s got him throwing up constantly. He’s been to the doctor twice with this latest virus, the ER is the next step should things not improve. He is really in need of a breakthrough. We know that one touch from the Father can make every symptom and sickness vanish. So we are believing for that today, and for a brand new immune system! He’s got a baby, and his wife is pregnant. So we are also believing for this sickness not to spread to the rest of the family. Thanks, friends!