Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, encourages us to persevere. The message addresses our focus, or consciousness of our shortcomings at the expense of our progress, and the lesson(s) and blessing(s) surrounding us.
Quoting directly from the message: “When climbing a steep hill, a man is often more conscious of the weakness of his stumbling feet than of the view, the grandeur, or even of his upward progress.” God sees everything we do for Him as an offering of love. -Provided we are sincere, that is. Jesus spoke about those who do things for show and to get man’s rewards. (Matthew 23)
The message speaks to us, not only about ministry and the Christian life. We can also apply this to our daily living, our struggles, projects, and pursuits. I was thinking about working out the other day. Walking is a great workout for strength, stamina, and cardio-pulmonary too. When I first started to workout, I couldn’t go for very long, because I was out of shape. I started with ten minutes, and increased the time by just five minutes after a week. I worked out every day, doing aerobic walking.
Ten minutes may seem like nothing to some of us. But when you’re out of shape and/or just beginning, and especially if you’re overweight, ten minutes is AWESOME! Are you kidding? You feel like you’re about to die after three minutes! And you went the whole ten?! YAY! Celebrate every step because every step is a step forward. We have to deliberately focus on the progress, and the spiritual victory becomes ours. When we focus on the weakness we feel, or even on the failure to make the whole ten minutes, -maybe you only made it five minutes. Focus on the truth, which is, YOU MADE IT SOME MINUTES. Yesterday, you had no minutes under your belt. Today, you have five; that’s a gain for you. Whatever the struggle, whatever the project, focusing on the progress, no matter how small, empowers success. Focusing on the weakness, the setback, the “failure,” enables an attitude of defeat and feeds hopelessness.
1 Samuel 16:7 is referenced today: “The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”
Love you from Cafe du Mondieu Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, March 30, 2019, 12:41 p.m.