Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. ~ Philippians 3:12
Sometimes, you can feel discouraged, defeated, and emotionally drained from day-to-day. Unrequited goals that steal your joy and stifle motivation. You find yourself in a state of mental blah-blah—uninspired… with low-level anxiety—hovering in a place of nagging unrest—among broken promises, deferred hope, and unrealized dreams. However, you must not allow such circumstances to fester in your heart, infiltrate your spirit, and cause you to stand still.
But it’s okay to stop and rest if you must—but don’t tarry—keep going! Struggle past the place where your gifts are not utilized. Don’t linger where you’re marginalized, trivialized, and flat-out ignored. Refuse to abide where your visions and dreams are lost from view. Get up! Just one more time… after you’ve fallen—and still expect to hear… a “Yes” after umpteen “No’s”!
You’ve heard the phrase, “one day at a time”. I’ve been so heartbroken—that a day seemed like a long time to keep going. So, I prayed, “Jesus, please help me to make it through one second at a time.” After I made it through a second. I prayed to make it through a minute… then an hour… I knew that there were—60 seconds in a minute—3,600 seconds in an hour—86,400 seconds in a day! For many-many-many days, I felt as if I was moving at a snail’s pace. I now know that I was moving at the speed of grace… embraced in the love of Jesus Christ. So…
If it’s raining, thundering, and lightning… keep going.
If it’s dark as night and you’re scared… keep going.
If you’re struggling with financial woes… keep going.
If you’re burden down with anger, grief, guilt, or low self-esteem… keep going.
If you’ve experienced a traumatic event or family drama… keep going.
When you keep going—even the worst storm blows itself out.
When you keep going—night turns into day.
When you keep going—there’s a blessing with your name on it.
When you keep going—you learn to cast your cares on Jesus because He cares for you.
When you keep going—you recognize that God’s got it all in control.
Philippians 4:12-13 (NIV) states, I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
Therefore, no matter what discouraging situation you currently find yourself in—remember—it’s temporary… take courage and keep going by the grace of God!
God bless… I am Wiley’s granddaughter.