We all tend to struggle with one thing or another. Usually, I go about life at a confident pace, intersecting with others and exchanging words of hope and ‘atta girl encouragements.
But when I cross paths with my weaker self, I struggle to reconcile her worth.
In a whisper, she always asks if she measures up. I assure her of her progress, and she slips into the past content by the response. Sadly, that brand of self-assurance only soothes her for a season. Once the next set of unfortunate events send me into a tailspin, she awakens and her whispers grow louder. It seems my simple assurances only make her less cooperative and me less confident.
As I’m not one to live in the third person, it’s a struggle to keep our past selves from taking control, from ruining the pace plotted for us, isn’t it?
Confronted by obstacles, criticisms, and setbacks on an almost-daily basis, we’re reminded of who we once were instead of remembering who we are becoming.
Yet, God knows what He established in us to do, and it is His Word that motivates us to stay on our appointed course.
In the moment Christ uttered, “It is finished” (John 19:30), He planted markers of truth for us to follow. Those markers keep our gaze on the objective, not the obstacles; on the commitment, not the criticisms; on the Savior, not the setbacks.
If we compare the quality of our good works by a standard based on quantity, God reminds us of His workmanship in us (see Ephesians 2:10). And if we grow tired of doing what’s right, God will always point us to a harvest if we don’t give up (see Galatians 6:9).
When we struggle with the weak parts of our past, let’s not beat ourselves up over it. God is with us! And He urges us to stay the course and press on.
His marker of truth promises a prize at the end of the struggle and that gives me a sense of peace.
Today: Read Philippians 3:12-16