And this I pray that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense until the day of Christ.
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. Brethren, 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, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3: 12-14
Each of our lives form a story. Each year defines a chapter; each day fills a page.
Some pages drip with undeniable pain and suffering; others dance with renewed joy and laughter. Some are stunningly rich. Others pages are seemingly void. Some describe times of profound difficulties while others stand out with sweet victory and joy discovered in answered prayers.
Each day stands as a juncture along our journey of life – because each day we move – at the core of who we are – in some direction; whether it is toward the light of life or away toward darkness.
At times, I am pulled in opposite directions, especially when difficulties loom and unexpected roadblocks fall in my way. The need for Jesus is profoundly clear at those times, as is the propensity to turn and run the opposite direction.
What direction did I move today?
Was I grateful or did I choose to grumble?
Was I sincere in my dealings with others or was I hypocritical?
Did I remain without offense or was I offending or easily offended?
Did I trust Him with my circumstances or did I consume myself with worry?
My responses to happenings in any given day indicate the direction in which I am moving.
This next week, Jef Fowler, our Head of School, will undergo surgery to remove cancerous tumors. In the face of this unexpected turn of events, both he and Starrla remain steadfast and unwavering in their faith. They refuse to grumble. Instead they choose to be grateful. Moving into the unknown, they press on in joyful anticipation trusting in what God will do. I thank God for their example of hope and strength as they choose to walk toward the light regardless of circumstances.
What is your response in the midst of trials? I pray that mine will be like the Fowlers. They walk in peace because they trust Jesus, the author and perfecter of their faith, and they turn away from fretfulness and anxiety by facing the light of life.
We were created to run toward Jesus, to see Him through every roadblock and to trust Him in each difficulty.
I am thankful today for Jef and Starrla and the example that they set. This current chapter of their lives could be viewed as uncertain and frightening, yet they will walk it out in peace, pressing on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.