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3 I thank my God every time I remember you. 4 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now,6 being confident of this, that HE who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:3-6
One of the hardest parts of my daily life is to bring into focus the picture that God continues to put into my mind each day. I know that we are all now living a day to day life instead of really being able to make plans that are days, weeks, months and even years in advance. We are being forced to take a breath every day and look at God and say, "OK, Instead of me looking at my plans, God I need to really look at the reality of your plan for me TODAY." And for all of us that run sometimes without thought, it means that we also have to stop and look at our days in a way that causes us to focus on completing the tasks at hand. I also know that that all sounds good, but in reality when we look back, sometimes it looks as though we never completed anything at all. And this is where we stand right now... with today staring us in the face and with a decision to make.
When you look at this image, what is the first thing that you think? Is the glass half empty or half full? I know this is an age old question, but it really does help us to focus on the things that may be causing us to hold back or propels us to move forward. Moving towards completion is something that helps us mentally, physically and spiritually. If we continue to hold on to the things in our lives that are incomplete, than we catch ourselves falling into a rut and denying the fact that God is working through us to complete certain parts of our journey. Not that the incomplete does not play a part in our lives, but we must look at it as the next step to take us to completion.
When Paul writes our words today to the people of Philippi, he is saying, we are all moving together in different parts of the world in our incomplete selves to complete a beautiful picture and story of the Gospel. Paul says that he is praying and rejoicing each day in the pieces of the puzzle that are continuing to be laid out by different people at the same time. See if we honestly believe we are the only ones carrying the Gospel to the world than we are looking at the glass half empty with a reality of incompleteness. See we are a part of a Gospel that affects EVERY part of the world and in order for completeness to come, we must be willing to do OUR PART in OUR PART of the world. We are like a Billion or Trillion piece puzzle spread all over the world and God is using those who have accepted His grace, love and mercy to begin connecting people who are all over the place. It doesn't matter your age... it doesn't matter where you are socially, physically, or even economically. See the GOSPEL is Free to ALL. It matters whether or not you are willing to be taken from where you are and allow God, through the message of SALVATION of the Cross, to be placed and connected with others to complete the perfect picture God envisioned. See each piece is different, they all have different connection points and shapes, but through the GOSPEL, God helps to piece us all together and COMPLETE the ultimate image of Christ in us.
So today... Take a moment and breathe. Take a moment to step back and realize that God has a bigger plan for all of us. God is standing at the finish line waiting on each and every one of us as we COMPLETE the journey of life that HE has laid out before we took our first breath. God has a plan even in all of the uncertainty. We just have to look at the opportunities we have to move to COMPLETION. I am confident that God began a good work in me and I am going to see a VICTORY because the BATTLE BELONGS TO THE LORD. It is not only my burden to carry. There are Christians all over the world that are being called into action in the midst of uncertainty. I am only one small piece of the puzzle that will continue until my last breath to help share the GOSPEL until my last breath and when I open my eyes.... I hope and pray that I will have done all I can do to further the GOSPEL for the next generation. I fight my battles on my knees with hands lifted high to hear the words, "Well done good and faithful servant...your part of the journey is now COMPLETED.