Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Can't. Stop. Here.

The humming of the fan, distant voices coming from the T.V. in the next room, a continual pecking of the keyboard, the sound of a 5 year old rummanging through an overcrowded toybox....life keeps moving.  Time does not stand still.  Not even for a moment.


Hidden in the cracks and crevices of our soul, lie glimpses of days gone by.  Reaching back into time, pulling memories from mental files and folders tucked away in the depths of our being.  Played back, again and again like a worn out VHS tape. 


Trying to move forward while remembering....and wondering.....and regretting...and dwelling. 

CAN'T.

STOP.

HERE.


Missed opportunities?  Probably.


Mistakes?  Plenty.


Grace?  Oh... sweet grace.


Mercy?  New every morning.


Hope?  It's in Him.


Love?  Unconditional.


Forgiveness?  More than we will ever deserve.


In our search for meaning, purpose and what's next, often we turn around and trudge back through the what ifs, the could've beens and the why's.  It is easy to get stuck there.  But we must not.

Let us put our hand to the plow and not look back (Luke 9:62).

Let us move forward. 

Let us run the race that is set before us.

I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.  Acts 20:24

"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11

5 friends had this to say:

starla said...

Thank God for those plans He has for us!!

Siobhan said...

N.E.E.D.E.D this!! Yes yes! Thanks

Sharon Kirby said...

I have claimed these verses for my past:

"I focus on one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead. I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us." Philippians 3:13, 14

NEVER.

GIVE.

UP.

God bless, Shelly.

~Pam~ said...

Amen! Awesome post! Thank you for sharing Shelly.
xo

Debbie said...

What sweet wonderful words you wrote. Like a balm to a tired soul.