Today’s verse of the day is Philippians 3:13 and it says:
Brothers, I don’t regard myself as yet having taken hold, but one thing I do. Forgetting the things which are behind, and stretching forward to the things which are before.
Being a student in the field of Human Services gets my brain thinking about so many things. In fact, I feel like the reading material we need to learn is almost like going through therapy in of itself. You are forced to really look at what you believe, why you believe it, and learn to cast aside all bias you might have towards certain people and find ways to respect people whom you disagree with. I have grown tremendously throughout this process and I am only in my second semester of college.
On the way to my class today I began to think about the brokenness of the past. It reminded me of the scripture of the day, and the journey that I am currently on. There are a lot of big concepts in this world that a lot of just don’t understand. There can even be events or circumstances within our life right now, on a daily basis, that is full of brokenness and unanswered questions. We can often feel like these circumstances are bigger than us and almost impossible to overcome on our own.
But as I was driving to school it occurred to me that I am only here today because I went looking for a solution to the problem that only I could control.
We are all put into a position in our life where we need to make difficult decisions, and sometimes we need to make a choice between two not so great choices. Sometimes our choice isn’t going to always be beautiful and full of life. Not to mention our brokenness of today, and yesterday, is going to affect everything that we do.
So what do we do? How do we maneuver through this broken world, our broken past, and the broken people whom we love and care for?
- Don’t let past brokenness determine the choices you make today. If we look back on anything we need to look back on how we overcame all the brokenness so that we can repeat those positive behaviors on a regular basis.
- Don’t let the brokenness of others determine the choices you make today. We can often get tripped up by the pain that others cause us, the lies they believe about us or about themselves, and when we make a decision based off of their broken actions we can find ourselves verging off the path that we worked so hard to get on. We aren’t perfect, and that’s what Paul was saying in Philippians 3:13, but we need to focus less on the brokenness and more on the the good that comes next.
- Embrace Humility. Pride most certainly causes us to trip up. Focusing on the hurts of the past will only cause us resentment because we will feel the pride of our own vindication creep into our soul. But God will vindicate us, and honor us. The only way we can move forward is to trust that promise, and trust that God will cover us in ways only He can. When we embrace humility we can embrace forgiveness. In the verse above Paul points out that even he hasn’t “arrived.” Humility is realizing we are ALL a work in progress, becoming all that God created us to be.
Almost always we will need to resist our own pride in order to move onto the next good thing God has for us, or to simply make it through the storm we are currently walking through. Adversity comes in so many forms. On my way to school today I realized how the adversity and the brokenness of the past has stopped me from pressing forward in my life in regards to so many situations. But, Jesus saved me, and now I have faith and hope in the future. That gives me strength to not give up on the good things in my life, and it helps me to press on even though I feel some parts of my life seem too broken to mend.
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In Breaking Pride you will learn to identify different areas of pride in your life. Filled with encouragement, Breaking Pride will take you through a practical reading of what pride may look like in your life…
Let’s stop building walls of pride and start building the foundation of grace within our lives…