I love how Paul says this in his letter to the Philippians, he’s writing to them while he’s in jail.
My version would be “One Thannnnnnnng Yall”!!!
“Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has 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
Whats amazing is how the Bible is spoken through the accounts of people who failed, many of Gods chosen leaders were failures in some area of their life (crazy right). Not just failure, but epic fails. I won’t do the math today, but I will later when I feel like doing math.
One thing or One thang, depending on your geography and location, facing failure is apart of my process. I can’t correct mistakes of the past, I can face them, move Forward, toward, and upward to the calling on my life. The process has no clock, I move, I press on.
I’m going to fail, and I’m ok with facing that truth; For instance, I failed at making homemade soup. It was awful and I didn’t have the nerve to serve it to my kids. I faced the fact that I failed and my gifting is not cooking.
Fine! Whatever! So what Top Chefs of the world! I don’t need to make homemade soup, but I have mastered a great spaghetti, tacos, and fried chicken. I will not serve my baby cubs fancy chow chow. All I need to contribute to my corner of the kitchen is a decent turkey taco, fresh fruit, and a yummy 30 minute pasta. That’s all I have for this earth people, I’m not going to spend my day toiling over how well I cook as a Mom, when people are hurting around me and could use prayer. I”m good at that, praying, yeah I’d rather do something that succeeds in the spiritual realm.
Prayer, yep, I’d rather do that, I never fail there.
It’s not the end of the world. Failure is not an indictment on your character or future. It doesn’t change the trajectory of my calling and purpose, or the answering in my heart. It’s time to get back to that one thing that matters most. It’s time to look forward, to all that God is up to and has planned for little ole me and my nasty soup making self.