Pressing Forward

Originally Posted: October 18, 2013

For the past week or so, I have been thinking about how so much has changed in the last year. It’s interesting that very little is the same as it was in 2012. Last year it would have been impossible to predict how my life is now. Strangely enough, this is comforting to me. Change has never been easy for me, but I am finding that this change is not only building my character, but also propelling me closer to my dreams and goals.

I think that too often I think about where I am and get discouraged because it’s not where I want to be. I, like most others, understand that life is a process and a journey. When the journey feels like it is unending, however, I sometimes feel dismayed. It’s funny how I didn’t go home this weekend for church, but my pastor still managed to encourage me. I haven’t shared my thoughts with anyone, but God knew just what I needed. Today my pastor, Jerry Snider, tweeted: God will put you through a process in order to get you to the level you are believing for. No one advances without it. I’m starting to believe that the longer the process, the more I will appreciate the level when it arrives.

As I was doing some studying this week, I came across two verses in Philippians that encouraged me. I think that I have probably read them often, but they hit home this time around.

Philippians 3:12-14(MSG)

I’m not saying that I have it all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong; By no means do I count myself as an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning onward - to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.

I am glad that I can look back at the person I was last year and say, “Wow”. That shows me that I’m progressing. There is a marked difference in the person that I was last year and the person I am currently. This gives me hope. I am hopeful that as long as I continue to do all that I know to do and keep my trust and faith in Jesus, I will see the desires of my heart come to fruition. 

To anyone else experiencing the same thing I am, I’d love to encourage you with Hebrews 10:35-36 (AMP) : Do not fling away your fearless confidence, for it carries great and glorious compensation of reward. For you have need of steadfast patience and endurance, so that you may perform and fully accomplish the will of God, and thus receive, carry away and enjoy to the full what is promised.

Just like I couldn’t predict life in 2013, I can’t predict life in 2014 or tomorrow for that matter. The dreams and goals that I aspire to attain may be right around the corner. With a new perspective, and my eye on the goal, I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.



Amaris Kate