Pressing On

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Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,  I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

— Philippians 3:12-14

The days are just packed with mistakes, are they not? The extra push on the snooze button that makes us late for an appointment and harried on our way. The snarky comment about the lady who cuts us off in the intersection. The short word with our child who simply wants to help.

Those are my days. Filled with mistakes. Filled with things I wish I could undo. Filled with things that I wish I could do over. By nightfall, I can find myself more than ready to bid the day goodbye.

That’s why beginnings are so nice. The beginning of a year, of a month, of a week — each helps me feel like I’m getting a fresh start — and a chance to do something over.

And, God, in His infinite wisdom, has given us a fresh start each morning.

The day is new. And we’re given the opportunity to press on. Forgetting yesterday’s mistakes, forgetting the mistakes of five minutes ago, we can strain toward what is ahead.

Go, do it.

How are you pressing on this week?

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  1. This sits deep with me. Yesterday I spoke before thinking and ended up hurting my husband’s feelings. Needless to say I felt terrible and was praying for a “do over”. And then her you are posting about the very thing I was praying about! Thank you and thankyou god for yet again answering my prayers! I don’t know if I have ever commented on your blog but I have been following it daily for a couple of months now and love evey post! You are fantastic and keep up the great work. You are a inspire me everyday!

  2. So true and such a comforting thought that we are given a new day and a new chance every day. I make so many mistakes and it makes me sad. I will do better tomorrow! Thanks for the reminder! Love Amelie

  3. Today is my day of experiencing super support online. First I read an awesome post over at Simple Mom and now here you are, ever-encouraging, warm and compassionate. Thank you. Lately, I feel as if everything I do is a mistake and maybe I needed this gentle reminder from you to make a fresh start. {hugs}

  4. I feel Sundays are my recharge day! it is the only day of the week my hubby is home. I feel similar to Prerna above, i feel I have been spinning my wheels and getting no where making mistakes the whole way. it shows in my children this past few days..and it hurts. but i resolve that monday will be better and that i will do my best! it is heart warming to hear even a spectacular got it together lady such as yourself has off days too! makes it easier to take! Thanks and here’s to a fresh week ahead!

    1. @Kelley, great resolve!

      And as for me, I struggle through every day just like everybody else. Don’t kid yourself. 😉

  5. Thank you for your encouragement! I am thankful for God’s mercies that are new every morning (Lamentations 3:22-23) and that He is always ready to forgive and give me the grace I need.

  6. Thanks for the good perspective. Made me think about how God’s mercies are new every morning (Lamentations 3:22-23). It’s a gift that we get to “begin again” each day.

  7. Amen! I usually start my morning prayer (in the shower, of course) thanking God for a new day and another chance to please Him. Because most assuredly, I probably haven’t done a bang-up job of making Him happy the day before. Thank you for your wonderful posts that give me food for thought!

  8. Jerry Bridges writes, “Your worst days are never so bad that you are beyond the reach of God’s grace. And your best days are never so good that you are beyond the need of God’s grace.” I often find myself swinging between pride in my goodness and self-pity because of my sinfulness. God’s grace is the remedy for both!

  9. Timely encouragement for me, as my husband is so close, just almost there, to finishing his PhD, and working many hours each week to try to finish. The strain is beginning to take a toll…But, one day at a time, and each day is new.

  10. Wow first off I’ve missed your blog I am reading the bible in 90 days with moms tool box, and I have to read my bible before I get to play on line:) I so needed this ! Guilt it can almost paralize me somedays. They can forgive us why can’t we forgive ourselves. So how am I going to start over first off realize the guilt is form the devil and move on I’m forgiven! 2nd when I want to yell even if they deserve it remember I’m the adult and stay calm.