Our souls, our minds, our bodies can become so tired. We can become weary and overloaded. Life can feel as though it will swallow us whole if we just stand still long enough. Getting up in the morning can be difficult and functioning through the day can require all our effort. When we are constantly faced with grief, loss, injustice, and unrest, we feel the magnitude of it all. It envelopes us to the point that we simply want it to all stop. But often, it doesn’t. Sometimes it doesn’t need to stop. It could be a point of cleansing, a time of reframing, an opportunity to be molded. And sometimes it is a time to simply be, knowing we are not alone.
Success is measured in many different ways. If we find ourselves tired and weary, success may look like one more step, facing one more day. If we are overwhelmed with grief, success may be one more tear and one more memory. If injustice is haunting us, it could be more time standing up for what is right and becoming a voice for those suffering injustice. If we are beat down with depression and anxiety, success may be getting up, getting dressed, and taking care of at least one thing on our list for the day.
We keep on keeping on. We strive for a new day. We work to see the promise of another sunrise. We look forward to days when things will be different. We press on to the calling that we have been given. We seek some reprieve. We look for those that are walking with us. We feel the presence of the Lord who promised he would never leave us. We simply keeping breathing…one breath at a time. We press on.
May God give you strength for your success today. May you press on toward your calling. May you know that you are not alone. May you feel loved.
12 Not that I have already obtained this or have already reached the goal;[a]but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. 13 Beloved,[b] I do not consider that I have made it my own;[c] but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly[d] call of God in Christ Jesus.
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