Manna For Today: Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Philippians 3:12 – Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.
Move forward, my friend, even if it is with a limp. In our culture of artificial perfection where everything is quick, convenient and easy, challenge is less tolerable and people are less prepared to deal with it. Paul’s statement implies some rough spots in the journey of life where all roads are not straight and the need to press to move forward could be the order of the day. There will be times, as a member of the team of life, where you will be called to play while injured. So what do you do?
The story of the Oyster clearly illustrates what you do: “There once was an oyster whose story I tell, who found that some sand had got into his shell. It was only a grain, but it gave him great pain. For oysters have feelings although they’re so plain. Now, did he berate the harsh working of fate that had brought him to such a deplorable state? Did he curse at the government, cry for election, and claim that the sea should have given him protection? No – he said to himself as he lay on a shell, since I cannot remove it, I shall try to improve it. Now the years have rolled around, as the years always do, and he came to his ultimate destiny – stew. And the small grain of sand that had bothered him so was a beautiful pearl all richly aglow. Now the tale has a moral; for isn’t it grand what an oyster can do with a morsel of sand? What couldn’t we do if we’d only begin with some of the things that get under our skin.” – Author Unknown
Remember, you are loved!
Peace and blessings!