I used this Image as my picture in week six blog but now it has a whole new meaning to me. Before I was thinking of it as a choice now I look at it as more of a progression. Like I am walking not down the road but across the droughted lands into the fertile. Like I am crossing a threshold everyday that may be greener and greener. This part in Og Mandino Scroll III leaped off the page for me this week as I remember this picture.
“I will toil and I will endure. I will ignore the obstacles at my feet and keep mine eyes on the goals above my head, for I know that where dry desert ends, green grass grows.”
I had a really rough week this week with a serious business disappointment that if it had turned out different it could have meant a huge advancement in my team and income. There were some feelings of ill shenanigans going on and am still dealing with some residual in processing all of it. I remember having a discussion with someone safe and not connected to the incident and after decompressing a little all I said at the end was, “I am just needing a new day to start.” It is funny how and what you put into your subby because I tossed and turned most of the night waking with anger, disappointment, grief, and a whole lot of other emotions but when I woke I felt a weight was lifted off my shoulders and a new day was born. I was able to give my junior partners hope and love for a new beginning in the situation and that was just what they needed as well.
As I had sat down to write this blog there were a few scripture passages that came to mind this week as we are learning about persisting to the finish line.
3 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
13 Brethren, I do not imagine that I have yet laid hold of it. But this one thing I do–forgetting everything which is past and stretching forward to what lies in front of me, 14 with my eyes fixed on the goal I push on to secure the prize of God’s heavenward call in Christ Jesus.
Each day I will wake with a renewed enthusiasm knowing that we must not take the past with us as a burden in going forward. With this day I will persist. I will win.