I spent YEARS of my life marching around the SAME mountain. If I managed to propel my way out, I would march 1,000 times around the next mountain. If I was really lucky, I would propel in the wrong direction – back towards the first mountain! Wash. Rinse. Repeat.
And no wonder, this is a typical week:
Sunday: Go to Church, hear about the Sermon on the Mount. Start thinking about how I can grow in meekness – so not me.
Monday: Talk to a friend about trusting God in the midst of suffering. Start thinking about how I can grow in trusting God – and how I dislike suffering.
Tuesday: Watch Joyce Meyer. She talks about Forgiveness. Start thinking about who in my life I need to forgive – and who needs to ask ME for forgiveness.
Wednesday: Go to Women’s Group. Discuss how we can better support our husbands. Start thinking about how I can be a better wife – and how my husband can be a better husband.
Thursday: Read a scripture about loving your neighbor. Start thinking about how I can love my co-workers – and how they could treat me better.
Friday: Turn off the radio on the way to work, and sing a few praise songs. Start thinking about how good it would be for me if I prayed in the car everyday – and how it would be nice to have 2 seconds to myself period.
Saturday: Read a Bible Story to my children. Start thinking about how I need to be a better Mom and read them the Word more often – and how I wish I had more time to read myself!
Sunday: EXHAUSTED! Rinse. Repeat.
It’s like a ping pong ball! Back and forth, side to side, trying so hard to grow in my faith, but in the end, I was getting NO WHERE. That’s when God said to me:
Seek peace and pursue it.
You are to ONLY seek Peace and NOTHING else.
Study it, crave it, seek it, pursue it.
If I heard a sermon about something else, I could file THAT away. I was under orders to just work on PEACE! I was given the FREEDOM to let EVERYTHING else go.
All of a sudden, something happened – when I got serious about working on ONE thing, I actually made progress! In fact, it was like getting a jet pack! For the first time in a long time I starting having VICTORY.
I have been on this journey for three years now. The more I study, the more I realize that I still have a long ways to go. But I know that if I daily pick-up my cross (one-thing) and follow Him (Christ), if I press in as to get the prize (I keep at that ONE thing), then I will run and not grow tired, I will walk and not grow faint (ie., supernatural strength to press through it!)
“Seek peace and pursue it” Psalm 34:14b
What ONE thing does GOD want you to grow in? (And it really is okay for it to be just ONE thing!)