I am participating in a wonderful study with several people. The study was originated by Susanne at Truly Captivating. She is a dedicated woman that plants churches with her husband. This is their calling and she decided to do this study. We are using the book, "Having a Mary Spirit" Allowing God to Change Us From the Inside Out by Joanna Weaver. We know the story of Mary and Martha and their focus. I was interested in going into this study and I'm so glad I have.
This week as one of the study questions we were asked to read Philippians 3:12-14. I have read this passage many times, but after reading in the study about others struggling to know God in a deeper way, these verses really jumped out to me. Paul said in verse 13, "Brothers, 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." NIV.
I think of how Paul had been through so much tribulation and he decided to 'strain' towards what is ahead. He realized that he couldn't focus on the past and the pain. It takes a lot of energy to dwell in the past, living in the things that have hurt us, words that have hurt us and sometimes people that have hurt us to our core. Paul made the decision to strain and focus on what is ahead. God gives us hope and He gives us a purpose to live our lives. When we have dedicated ourselves to Him we, no not we, but Trish, I need to focus on the future and what He would have me to do.
I am praying that He will show me the path He wants me to follow. I cannot, in my own power, accomplish what He wants me to do. I admit that I have dedicated a lot of energy on "what is behind", this I want to let fall away. I pray for the wisdom to see where He wants me to go and what He wants to show me.
This is a deep rich study that I am thoroughly enjoying. The author introduces the information in a way that is thought provoking and has helped me to look at certain areas of my life that I feel the Lord wants to deal with.
This afternoon several of my co-workers and I will go to the funeral home for the viewing of one of my employee's father. He unexpectedly passed away last week and this has brought us all closer. Vanessa was the daughter that had taken care of her daddy for the past couple of years, but he was doing good living on his own now and this was a shock for her. I thank the Lord that I have such wonderful people around me that have rallied for a loved one and helped her to try and get ready to entertain out of town relatives and prepare for all that comes with a loss.
May the Lord bless you today and may we all 'strain toward what is ahead." God is good and He gives us so much.