Father, thank You for where I am today. It’s hard to believe that over a year ago I began to take my first steps in setting aside a daily time to be with You. Admittedly early on they were faltering steps and it took a couple of months for it to be a relatively regular occurrence. You were faithful in the midst of my inconsistency. You continued to love and encourage me. I have been truly blessed.
Time and time again I have seen and felt evidence of Your presence in my life. I have felt Your guiding touch, I have experienced Your strength in staying the course and not being lured away by numerous temptations. I have had the privilege of sharing Your wisdom while preparing for my role as pastor, while interacting with people on a day to day basis. Our time together has molded me to become more like the man You created me to be.
I am grateful that I am making good progress in my journey with You, Father, but in many ways I have just begun. I have known You as my Savior for decades but only in the last few months have I reached a level of intimacy in our relationship for which I have only craved. I am far from perfection. I have so much further to go, but as Paul states in Philippians 3:12 and following, “But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. No…I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.”
Lord, thank You for encircling me in Your arms. Thank You for showing me the way. And even as we have deepened our relationship from the shallow one that it once was I am amazed that we have gone deeper still. This week I passed the 60 day mark of not missing a single day of spending time with You. What a privilege. I am humbled at the attention You have lavished upon me. I am eternally indebted. All praise to You!
Mar 23rd, Wed, 4:54 am