Journal Entry ~ 02/06/19
6 Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him,
7 rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. - Colossians 2:6-7
God has invited us for a walk with Him on the journey of life. And along the way, God is changing us. Sometimes I grow impatient and want instant, complete victory over all my sins and problems. Sometimes I grow discouraged; a lifetime of battling sin and seeking victory can seem overwhelming. But as I walk with Him and grow spiritually, there is definite change happening.
Here's one thing I've learned in my most recent trial: If I am ever going to be the person God intended me to be, my focus must be on the next step. Just that step and nothing else. One day at a time. When we strain to see the future or when we fear what may be coming, we won’t have the energy or strength for tomorrow, the enemy will have succeeded in intimidating us—and we'll have missed the opportunity to live for Christ in this moment.
We are told to walk in Him multiple times in scripture for a reason...it's a great analogy for how we are to live. We are to stay in step with Him, one step at a time - that's how we walk, one step at a time. We are not to look ahead to the next mile we will be walking, we are not to be concerned about the things of the future, we are just to focus on the very next step.
What is the step you need to take right now to get through the next few minutes? That's it. Eyes on today. It can be so hard to focus on that next step when our eyes are scanning the horizon for what is coming, the overwhelming fear of the future can blind us to the beauty in front of us.
Trying desperately to get my eyes off of the future and the fears of what may happen, and keeping my eyes focused right here - on the beauty that is in today. He will give me the grace I need to deal with the future when I get there - I know have nothing to fear because I will remain in step with Him and trust in His will.
And how do we do that? By focusing on what we have to be thankful for right here in this moment - we can start with the fact that we are NOT dealing with whatever we fear we may happen - it hasn't happened, and for that we can be thankful.
I heard a great quote in a TV show we enjoy last night - the moments of our lives are constantly fluttering around us, and it's up to us to capture them and hold on to them. We need to focus on capturing the beautiful moments that are around us right now before they flutter away and they're gone forever. If our eyes are on the future or the next steps, we miss the beauty of all God has given us to be thankful for in this very moment. Look up, be present, and be thankful.
Press on ~ you are loved 💗
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