Thursday, May 13, 2010

Forward Focused

As I type this, we're headed down the road...which is typical lately. Only a couple days ago we were enjoying the mountain country of Montana. And now we're only miles away from the Michigan boarder. Yes, it's been a full week!

On Tuesday we enjoyed a short 24 hour 'visit' to home. It was a flurry of activity to complete all our yard & garden work, baking, cooking, shopping, sewing new singing outfits, bus tune-ups....and of course, lots of 'baby-holding' as our darling niece came to visit!

But aside from the constant flurry of activity, we've been challenged and encouraged by some verses we read in family devotions recently:

Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do,
forgetting those things which are behind
and reaching forward to those things which are ahead,
I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus."
Phil 3:12-13

As we talked through this verse we were struck with the thought of forgetting those things which are behind -- both the discouraging failures and the glorious successes.

Laying aside the discouragement of past failures in order to embrace the victory God has for us today. Not allowing our human weaknesses to stand in the way of all that God has for us! Keep the vision looking forward!!!

But also, setting aside the successes of the past. I once heard that "the greatest hinderance to future success is your past success". Its our nature to relax and grow content while we revel in the glories of yesterday. Don't loose the passion by giving into complacency! Forget those things that are behind! Keep the vision looking forward!!!

And THAT is our constant challenge and call!

"I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord,
beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called..."
Eph 4:1


Charity said...

Wow, great post! Thank you... very good point. I will have to pray for the grace to do that in my life.
Have a safe trip!

Anonymous said...

I really needed that today. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Great thoughts!! Thanks

JoyfulJewels4Jesus said...

Thank you for sharing, Rachel!
That verse was such a wonderful verse to be reminded of and thanks for sharing your thoughts on the verse, as well!

Sounds like you had a short, but wonderful time at home! I would love to see your sewing projects!
Joyfully in Jesus,

Mindy said...

Wow you guys are busy! Hope all goes well for you on the rest of your trip. Mindy

Leah said...

Very wise statements. Keep up the great work, Wissmanns!! :)

Victoria Rose said...

HEY! I live in Michigan!!! :D I hope you guys have a great time. :)

God bless,

Marissa and Andrea said...

Sounds like you've been quite busy! Keep pressing forward! Thanks for the encouraging post. :) We found out a few weeks ago that you were coming to MI and our family is SO excited to hear you tonight! :)

Anonymous said...

Wonderful post!! It gets one to thinking... :D
Thank you for sharing!

~An Indiana Aquaintance:)