12Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.
13Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
14I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
I have recently struggled with looking back. I have been told by many wise individuals that a glance back is okay but not to linger in the past. There are many things that can weigh us down about our past but surprisingly I have been lingering on a positive season of my life and yearning for such a time to be now. It is easy to look back and think things were perfect. We should stop trying to recreate the way things were during good times in the past. They will rarely be the same and it is time to ask God what He would have us do NOW. Joyous times are yet to be and we should want to press on, to run our race with perseverance.
My husband and I were speaking yesterday afternoon about a totally unrelated subject and he was explaining that in order to improve something you need to have a threshold to judge it by. One definition of threshold: The point that must be exceeded to begin producing a given effect or result or to elicit a response.
Today I will be journaling my current point, that is my beginning point which is to be exceeded, along with where I believe the Lord wants me to be so I can begin producing tangible results. What do I see in my life now and what do I need to change as a child of God, as a wife, a mother, as a home keeper, as a friend, an employee, a church member?
According to His Word I know I am equipped for His calling.
2 Peter 1:3
According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
I will do this for the joy obedience produces and the hope that I may glorify our Father. Christ endured the cross as an act of obedience for He knew joy was ahead.
1Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
2Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
3For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.
We should not be looking to our own talents and strengths but the Lord's.
The book of Nehemiah says "The joy of the Lord is our strength".
The LORD is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father's God, and I will exalt him.
Again, not to us be the glory but our Creator alone.
Romans 11:36 For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.
Another definition for threshold: An entrance or a doorway.
I am looking forward to walking through this door to another joyful season of my life. What is your threshold? What will your door lead you to?