THERE IS NO PERFECT performance; there is no perfect race. We as human beings will have setbacks and stumbles. How we handle those setbacks is the most important thing – think on your feet and think quickly!
We are going to stumble on this journey, but how we recover makes all the difference! We can collapse, or we can choose to do some fancy footwork, regain our balance, and dance on! Everyone knows if we collapse, but few realize we have stumbled if we come up with fancy footwork and move on toward the goal.
Paul himself notes that he has not won the race or reached the goal: “I do not consider that I have made it my own” (Philippians 3:13). But he still strives and presses forward. Yet he, like us, can acknowledge that we need not run anxiously, for the end is assured. We know the outcome. In this race, everyone wins because Christ has made us his own. Circumstances may offer the opportunity to take a step back. Obstacles will appear along the pathway, but we simply press on. …
Mighty God, I pray for wisdom and stamina to turn my stumbles into dances as I strive toward the prize of your call in Christ Jesus. Amen.
– The Upper Room Disciplines 2016
From the reading for March 12, by Kathy Evans, page 95 in The Upper Room Disciplines 2016: A Book of Daily Devotions. Copyright © 2015 by Upper Room Books. All rights reserved. Used by permission. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
Pray the prayer at the end of today’s reading. Share your thoughts.
Do not remember the former things, or consider the things of old.
I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.
Isaiah 43:18-19, NRSV
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This week we remember: Harriet Tubman (March 10).
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