Swimming Upstream

God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness. 11No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. -Hebrews 12:10,11

When people have asked me what God’s been doing in my life recently, the only thing I can tell them is I feel like every morning God is setting me on a golf tee and sending me sailing!

It seems everyday I’m finding areas where God is saying, “Step it up here, don’t do that, do this.” He’s putting people in my life that are telling me things I don’t want to hear, but need to hear. And if I’d be completely honest, it’s tough. It feels like everyday all I’m seeing is how much I have to work on, how far I have to go, etc. and at times it’s completely overwhelming. Anyone else ever feel like this?

“You can tell your on the path to success, it’s uphill all the way”

I believe this is a result of me asking God to develop me as quickly and as solidly as possible. Keith Moore prayed that, and went through a season of intense development, and when he got overwhelmed, he cried out to God, “God this is too much!” God spoke to his heart, “You asked for it!”. That’s exactly how I feel right now!

I heard Keith Moore say once “If you want God’s direction, you need to be open to His correction.”

I’m in a position where I can either look at all the areas I need to develop in, get overwhelmed, and quit . . . or I can stand up and be a man, do whatever it takes, swim upstream, go against the grain, and allow the grace of God to help me navigate through the changes I need to make.

I’m choosing to swim upstream. It won’t be easy. It will be uphill all the way. But I’m up for the challenge. I want God’s best in my life and I’ll do whatever He leads me to do to get there. And I know, that though it may be painful in the moment, when I get through to the other side, I’ll be so grateful that God loved me enough to correct me.

Will you join me?


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