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Start where you are.
Wherever you are at in life when you meet Jesus is where God wants you. God doesn’t expect you to change your lifestyle overnight. Some people do, without a doubt, but most don’t. Following God is a journey that occurs over a lifetime, not in an instant. Each day we are growing and becoming more like Christ, but you still have to go through the steps.
I met Jesus when I was a child, but I turned from Him for ten years of my life. Hurt after the death of my father; I blamed God for taking dad from me. So I decided to live life the way I wanted. At the end of that decade, I was alone, up to my eyeballs in debt without much hope. Jesus met me in the pit. I spent the subsequent decade healing from the hurt I caused myself in my 20’s. Now, in my 50’s, I’ve overcome those obstacles, but God is still growing me and changing me in ways I never imagined.
Enjoy the journey.
Give yourself grace for the trip. Understand, as you begin to follow Jesus, applying His principles to your life will change you over time. Not all at once, but gradually, we become who God designed us to become.
Teaching tennis is a challenging sport because of the different strokes. The serve is one of the most complex techniques to learn. When people first begin, some can’t even hit the ball. But the more they practice, the better they become. One day, they find themselves playing matches and enjoying the game.
Following Jesus takes effort. Our first attempts may cause us to fall. But each time we persevere, we become stronger. As our steps of faith become more anchored in Christ, our walk will become more confident. God keeps us moving forward as we continue to seek Him.
Lord, thank You for helping us to continue to move forward in the journey of life. Forgive us for trying to rush ahead of what You are doing in our lives. Help us to enjoy the trip You have designed for us. Let us walk confidently, knowing You have a plan and it is good. In You, we find life, one day at a time. IJNIP. Amen
Question for reflection
What steps of faith do you need to take today?