Philippians 3:13 (NIV)
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 straining toward what is ahead.
Another rotation around the Sun.
As I get older, I am beginning to notice all of the things everyone warned me about. Like crow’s feet, grey hair, creaky bones, and a spare tire….
As I was reading some random facts I got an answer to why I feel tired so much of the time. You may be interested in this fact also. The Earth travels around the Sun each year 584,020,178 miles. That’s a lot of traveling! It gets even more obvious why I am so tired when you multiply that by the number of trips I have taken around the Sun, 53 times. That comes out to 30,160,000,000 miles. Now it starts to make since why I am so tired.
So, although I am not so excited about my body getting older, I DO WANT my spirit to mature… I want to grow in my relationship with the Lord. I want to grow in grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.
When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a (woman), I put childish ways behind me. Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.-1Corinthians 13:11-12
I don’t want to stay the same! I want God to continue to grow me and change me and mold me. I don’t want to make the same mistakes year after year, but I want to learn from them and overcome them. I know God is doing a new thing in me each year. I don’t want to look over my shoulder, lamenting about the past and the mistakes I’ve made. Instead, I want to look forward to what God is doing in me and through me TODAY. This year, I want to take the wisdom God has given me and make the right choices. I want to put away my “childish” ways, my immature, selfish ways.
Forgetting what is behind and straining what is ahead, I press on toward the goal…
Dear Lord, thank You for creating me and blessing me with an incredible life with a wonderful wife and amazing kids. I am blessed beyond measure! Thank You, God for birthdays. I pray that this year I continue to grow and mature spiritually. I do not want to be the same this time next year. I give this year to You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.