I’m just a few weeks away from seeing the blessed end of my husband’s deployment. Now it feels close (2 months ago, it felt as much as when he first left). But it also seems like the hardest part.
Be not weary in well doing, for we shall reap in due season if we faint not.
I’ve been rather goal oriented, and have accomplished some good things, while Lee has been gone. Last week, as I was evaluating my goals, I had a blissful thought that when Lee came home, I could go back to being… less goal oriented. I had to chuckle at myself for this thought. Actually, it’s been good for me to keep my eye on a goal– Lee is coming home soon. I’ve been more productive this way.
Funny thing, this, because it’s when I have my eye on the goal of Jesus Christ, I become more productive for Him, too. When I get my eye on myself, or when I forget that this world is not all there is, I get lazy spiritually.
God has been good to give me an example of the longing that I should have to see Him.
Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. Hebrews 12:1-3
Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Phil 3:12-14
Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. Titus 2:12-14