"But the path of the (uncompromisingly) just and righteous is like the light of dawn, that shines more and more (brighter and clearer) until (it reaches its full strength and glory in) the perfect day (to be prepared).
When was the last time you celebrated your progress?
It seems life shines at its best when something spectacularly out of the ordinary occurs or when something devastating happens.
We are all creatures of habit and often forget the progress of daily life.
My son was not a great test taker. We spent many hours after school studying for tests from first grade through twelfth. Things got a bit better each year, but that final state testing at the end of the year was still out of reach during his senior year.
We were at odds. If he didn't pass the state test, he wouldn't be able to get FAFSA and go on to college. We were told in college admissions that he could go on to college by enrolling in a GED class first. But, if he couldn't pass the state test now, how was he going to pass the GED exam?
After much thought, we decided to have him tested quickly his final fourth quarter of his senior year. That testing found a processing dilemma that made it difficult for him to pass standardized testing. It also made it harder for him to pass cumulative mid-terms and finals. We got a waiver for that type of testing, and he graduated with a standard diploma.
That seemed eons ago and almost forgotten.
Last night we were out to dinner for my birthday. There were eight of us at the table and as conversation became high-pitched, someone asked my son where he was in college. "My senior year he explained, and I'm also applying for my Master's in the spring." This reverberated much excitement as statements were made.
"Wow, that is so fantastic!"
"How long have you been in school for now?"
My son answered, "I've been taking five courses each semester to graduate in four years. "
"What's your grade point average?"
"Right now a 3.5"
We are marveled at how far he had come. Of course, not many knew how many times he had fallen just a few short years ago.
God isn't keeping record of each time we fall, but he is excited about our progress, and we should be excited, too! Are you still mourning over your faults? Looking only when you make a milestone?
We are taught to grieve over our faults but is there someone who told you to celebrate your progress? That can be tragic if you don't. If you missed that important lesson, then today you need to start celebrating all those bouts of progress you make each day!
This Week's Meditation:
What area are you making progress in?
Help me to be happy with my progress today.
Teach me the was to reach my goal.
Remind me to celebrate with you, Lord.
Meditate on this for several minutes a day. Allow various thoughts to come into your mind. And realize God has you in his arms always.