UNSTUCK: what it takes to move forward

Forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:13-14)

Beks and David - always looking out
Beks and David – always looking out (image by Naomi Campbell)

FORWARD & OUT: We’ve covered a lot of ground at Life, Gratitude, Faith, & Passion over the past few days. Abortion, Gay Marriage, Boko Haram, Syria, Gardening, Education, Faith, and more. Today I want to highlight the faith element, and how critical it is to making any sense out of life

I believe it is imperative that we cultivate a faith orientation that is always looking out, and forward. Unfortunately, the “go-to” position for too many Christians is quite the opposite – entrenchment, locked-down, rigidity, nostalgia, the worship of status quo, looking back, baton-down-the-hatches, wistfully remembering “the good old days.”

Good grief! I think Carley Simon had it right when she sang, famously, “These are the good old days.” Not yesterday; not when we were growing up; not looking over our shoulders. New life in Jesus is about “forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead; pressing on…”

DNA REPAIR: But the disposition Paul talks about doesn’t necessarily come easily. Fact is, we’re so rooted in non-growth that we need to accomplish some personal genetic engineering; we must do what it takes to make qualitative changes to our DNA as people of faith.

Paul is talking about a constant engagement with the Spirit, a relationship that literally changes us from the insides out, and that continually presses on to what lies ahead. So I will pray with the writer of Psalm 139, using my paraphrase of the last two verses:

Search me, O God, and keep on uncovering the truth about who I am;
test me, and unlock the key to how I think, feel, and act.
See if there is anything about my nature that stalls me from following your ways;
take me by the hand, and lead me into the kind of future that is made possible by your love.

Amen – DEREK

 

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