Always Moving Forward

Footprints in sandCharm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;

but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

Proverbs 31:30

 

Over the last couple of months, my situation has changed. My main roles as teacher of our children and manager of our home remain but other responsibilities are fluidly evolving. Some stressors have disappeared, having been taken on by another wonderful, appreciated person. New responsibilities and exciting opportunities have come in their place. Now it is time to re-evaluate, reprioritize and decide which weight to assign to which activities.

Productivity has always been an issue for me. I need to feel like I am accomplishing something. Obviously the Proverbs 31 woman was productive. She encouraged her husband, took care of her family, helped to provide for her household, kept her body strong, and willingly served those in need. She was hardworking, wise, well known & respected.

It is easy to get discouraged looking at her characteristics and behaviours (or those of your Facebook peers). Meeting all of these criteria seems like an impossible task, probably because most of us are trying to be that person as the world sees us or as we have convinced ourselves we need to be . . . trying to be everything, to everyone, all at once.

Instead, I want to be that person as God sees me. The thing is, He has saved me from needing to be everything, to everyone, all at once. He has thrown my sin into a deep pit, never to be seen again. He has forgotten about the times where laziness took hold or when I lost my focus. He blocked out my tendency to look the other way when I am busy and the harsh words that sometimes fly out of my mouth toward my family. He doesn’t care about our weaknesses and our inability to please others. He cares about our stewardship and what we do with what we are given. This doesn’t excuse my wrong behaviour but it does give me the grace to keep moving forward.

I love that every moment is new and I can try again. I don’t need to get caught up in my failures, self-criticism or worries about judgement from others. It’s in my moments of failure, when I am at my weakest, that He gives me the strength to get up and try again . . . to work on that one little thing that He is trying to teach me today or this week or this month. Thank you Lord, for helping me to grasp this single moment and feel balanced in the here and now.

Are you trying to do it all? We all have moments of failure. How do you pick yourself up and begin moving forward?

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