Keep Pressing On

Devotional Tidbit – September 11, 2006
Keep Pressing On
Philippians 3:12-14

I wrote today’s devotional last week. But in recognizing what day this is, I am writing a short preface to this devo at 8:13 a.m. I remember it was about this time five years ago when some students at preaching school turned on the television before Dr. Bill’s Biblical World class began. We watched in disbelief as we saw replays of the first plane hitting the World Trade Center tower. We didn’t know what was going to happen the rest of that day. America was under attack. None of us had ever experienced that feeling before. Efforts we know nothing about have helped keep America safe since that day. Americans – soldiers, FBI, CIA, NSA, airport security agents have all kept pressing on during the past five years to keep us safe. I commend their efforts. I think the above remembrance is in line with today’s devotional. Life is indeed all about “pressing on.”

Time flies doesn’t it? It has been almost 20 years since I began reading THE UNDERGROUND EMPIRE by James Mills. This book looks with great detail, into the world of illegal drug trafficking. As a youth, I had a fascination with big level drug dealers and how their organizations were structured. Don’t ask me why. The basic point of this tidbit is to celebrate my achieving a milestone. I have finally made it to page 800. For those of you who think I’m almost finished reading this book, you be the judge. It has taken me almost 20 years to read 800 pages. Mathematically, that means I’ve read on average, 40 pages a year. I only have 365 pages to go. Judging by my past, I should be done reading this book in nine years. I will keep on reading. One day, I will finish this book. I will, as the Apostle Paul writes, “keep pressing on.” Whether it is finishing a 1,165 page book, completing a 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle, working on a successful marriage, or living a life worthy to be called a “Christian” life, perseverance is the key. We must keep going. We must be more energetic than the Energizer bunny. Despite setbacks, we must go forward with our desire no matter what obstacles are placed in our path. Let us help one another back up when life knocks us down. Does that sound like a good plan to you?

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