Daily Power: The Next Step
You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised. – Hebrews 10:36
I’m a sucker for those movies about great athletes and their teams — you know, like Rudy, Miracle, Hoosiers, and Remember the Titans. I love seeing underdogs refuse to give up as they overcome impossible odds to achieve their dreams. In some cases, their friends and families believe in them, and in others, they have to do it all on their own. Some of them have a lot of natural talent, while others have to work twice as hard to get to the top of their game. Most of them lose before they start winning.
True champions — not just winners — inspire us to persevere in our faith. Like Christopher Morley says, “Big shots are only little shots who keep shooting.” Some days it’s tough to keep going. We work hard only to fail and get back up again, to keep trusting God to sustain us and empower us to get back in the race. On those days, we must remember God doesn’t ask us to win every race. He asks us only to take the next step, and the next, until we cross the finish line. That’s what being a champion is all about.
Lord, don’t let me give up today. Help me to look to You as the source of my power when I can’t go on. Get me back on my feet and enable me to take the next step.
Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart. – Psalm 37:4
Some days you wake up and wonder how you ended up where you are in your life. You remember when you were younger and had a dream. You always thought, “One day I’m going to pursue that dream and I’m going to go for it and I’m going to take the chance.” You may have believed God gave you this dream and that He would provide the path you needed to reach this divinely appointed destination.
But when you look at your life now, it feels like you went off road and into a wilderness of distractions and diversions. Now you’re in a place where it seems like the ability to pursue that dream has passed you, and you feel like a failure because you thought by this point in your life you would be doing something different, something better, something more significant, something more meaningful. Then one day you just looked up and you were nowhere close to where you thought you would be, where you thought God would lead you.
No matter how disappointed you feel, or how far away you seem from your expectations from long ago, don’t give up on your dream. If God has planted it in your heart, then He will lead you there, blazing a trail marked by His glory.
No matter how painful or impossible it seems, keep walking by faith.
Today, Lord, I will take the next step and trust You for where we’re going and how I’ll get there.
Excerpted with permission from Daily Power by Craig Groeschel, copyright Craig Groeschel.
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