Monday, February 18, 2008

Pep Talk/Reminders to Myself

God hasn't called us to success, he calls us to obedience.

We are so concerned with the end result, but I really think God cares more about who we become than what we create.

This process of becoming...everyday decisions, actions, opportunities...that is where we find ourself. And finding ourself, our true self, is the key to clarity, to purpose, to perspective and balance.

So this failure...what of it? What if failure is (gasp) part of His plan?

I'm going to have to disagree with Yoda on this one: “Do or do not... there is no try.”

Actually, its all about trying. And trying is doing.

But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith. I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:7-14 (emphasis mine)

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