• Joni

Just Skip


Press On

Straining Toward~

Not fun words.

Instead, why didn't God say

Skip~

"Not that I have already obtained all this,

or have already arrived at my goal,

but

I SKIP ON

to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.

Brothers and sisters,

I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it.

But one thing I do:

Forgetting what is behind and

SKIPPING toward

what is ahead,

I SKIP on toward

the goal

to win the prize for which

God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus." Philippians 3:12-14

Hmm...

one little word changes everything, doesn't it?

A peace fills my soul

as it makes me not

be anxious

or fearful,

as I now feel like a little girl

just playing through life

because

I know everything is okay,

even if it isn'.t

But oh I wish it that was easy to just

Skip~

but because God tells it like it is

He has to use the words

Press & Strain.

As my heart is so sad

as I think about another

phone call

and then an another email,

that I just got yesterday,

about

Real Life

about

Real People

who don't feel like

Skipping

because of what their loved ones

are experiencing

that is out of their control.

Ugh.

I get it as

Real Life

is all around us

and we can't stop it

as you are living it too.

Maybe that is why

God doesn't tell us to

Skip

because He knows

Heartache & Pain & Sadness

and He knows how hard it is to

Skip

in the midst of it

and that is what makes

Him

A Real God

who has given us a reason to

Skip

even if it feels like

Pressing & Straining

because

if we could see the

Prize

that is waiting for us

at the end of our journey here on earth

as we are

Pressing & Straining

there will be some

skipping

as we

"Rejoice in our confident hope

Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying." Romans 12:12

And by taking our eyes off of the

Heartaches & Pain & Sadness

for one brief moment

to just look up into the

eyes of the one

who had to look at

Heartache & Pain & Sadness

when His Son was on that cross

so that

we have a

Prize

awaiting for us

that we are

Pressing & Straining towards

even in the midst of tears

because

we have a

Father who loves us

A Son who carries us

and

A Holy Spirit who lives in us

who enables us

to take our next breath when we don't want

to face what we don't want to face

to feel what we don't want to feel

and

to shed tears in the midst of

because

there is so much more

beyond the

Heartaches & Pain & Sadness

and the only way is to

Press & Strain

yet with

His Peace

His Hope

His Joy

tucked inside

so that

we do get to

Skip

together

through this

Real Life

with

a

Real God

who makes it possible to

Press On

&

Strain Towards.

*****

Real Life. Real Stories. Real God.

From Rags to Riches~Living the Abundant Life in Him.


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