Love this quote for today:
This life, therefore, is not righteousness,
but growth in righteousness;
not health, but healing;
not being, but becoming;
not rest, but exercise.
We are not yet what we shall be, but we are growing toward it.
The process is not yet finished, but it is going on.
This is not the end, but it is the road.
All does not yet gleam in glory, but all is being purified.
We are not yet what we shall be, we are growing toward it.
— Martin Luther
I am not the mother I want to be, but I am growing towards it.
Paul’s instruction for the older women to teach the younger women to love their children carries the implication that this love is learned. That’s encouraging to me, because I know I don’t naturally love my children as I ought.
Other verses support this idea that Christian success is more of a journey than a destination
Micah 6:8 says He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?
James tells us to draw near to God and he will draw near to us, that God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble.
Paul tells us that he forgets the things that are behind him and presses toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God.
There IS joy in the journey, particularly if we don’t get caught up saying “Are we there yet?” every hour.