But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal…(Phil 3:13 NIV)
Several years ago I bought a motorcycle, but I needed some advice on coordinating clutch and gas. So I asked my friend Jim, who had logged over 100,000 miles on his Harley. His response was one of the best pieces of counsel I have ever received. He simply said, “Do whatever it takes to keep moving forward!”
The Apostle Paul gives the same advice in Philippians 3…when tempted to give up, he reminds us to “press on toward the goal”…to do “whatever it takes to keep moving forward”.
After about 18 months at my first full- time worship leadership position, I was becoming disillusioned. The excitement of a new challenge had worn off, and I was confronted by conflicts with worship ministry members, unwanted advice from my pastor, pressure from a desire to be “perfect” at my job combined with a growing realization that I had a lot to learn…I wanted to give up. Then a seasoned, mature Minister of Music friend encouraged me to “press on..” and forty six years later I am eternally grateful that I didn’t give up when it would have been easy to walk away.
Are you frustrated by feelings of inadequacy?
Are you haunted by past failures? Forget what is behind and
Are you overwhelmed by the pressures of your ministry position?
Do relationships cause frustration and confusion?
Whatever you may be facing today, “do whatever it takes to keep moving forward.” The rewards of a lifetime of faithful ministry far outweigh the consequences of giving up and walking away.