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Forward,Toward, Upward

Bad things happen to good People! And good things happen to bad people.

What about good things happen to good people at a bad time, or bad things happen to bad people at a good time?  Or bad things to happen to bad people at a bad time?

Why bother? I see this phrase another way.

It happened!

It doesn’t matter if your good or bad, when something traumatic happens you can’t understand why. You want to blame someone, something, or even God.  Be honest! Clutch your pearls and come clean.  We want to blame life’s tragedy and pain, on someone or something.  It could never just “Happen”…..

Life, what if happens to you and your not ready or prepared, or worst; it keeps happening? I can’t even imagine some of the things happening in peoples live today but, I can remember the words of Paul the one who knew Jesus and wrote  most of the New Testament while in prison, facing persecution, or dealing times with difficult people in dangerous places….

“Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus made me his own.  Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own.  But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead.  I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” Philippians 3:12-14

I”m not sure many of us could write so passionately about Jesus, on house arrest, or maybe you perfect people can.  I would be doing high kicks in the air, squats, karate chops and preparing for war.  Just kidding, I would be swinging my fist and high kicks in the air but probably not preparing for war.

Paul is not speaking to us directly, but God is speaking to us through this word from Paul.

  1. Forget what lies behind, Strain Forward to whatever God leads you to do
  2. Press on, Toward Gods goal, his Glory, and his will, not what people want.
  3. The prize is upward, Jesus calls you and your life, and your future is in him.

Life will happen to us all, wether divorce, demotion, death, or devastation; our hope is found in Jesus, his life on that cross and his life in us.  We can’t afford to keep looking backwards, there’s too much ground to cover, it’s time to move Forward, Toward, and Upward to that which we were created and left on earth to do; share the truth and love of Jesus in a broken and hurting world.

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