Philippians – The Happiness Letter
How many times have you heard someone say, “I have it all together, I just don’t know where I put it!” Smiling, but because this is me sometimes. I even put stuff in “special” places so I won’t forget it, and forget where that special place is located. Mm. No we haven’t arrived, even in our spiritual lives, but we are loved and well on our way…if we believe, stay focused, trust and obey. AND we rejoice in being loved so unconditionally by our God, our Father in Heaven, who knew us before we were born, loves us unconditionally and has our name written on the palm of His precious hand. Wow. Rejoice!
Philippians 3, The Message
Focused on the Goal
12-14 I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.
15-16 So let’s keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us. If any of you have something else in mind, something less than total commitment, God will clear your blurred vision—you’ll see it yet! Now that we’re on the right track, let’s stay on it.
17-19 Stick with me, friends. Keep track of those you see running this same course, headed for this same goal. There are many out there taking other paths, choosing other goals, and trying to get you to go along with them. I’ve warned you of them many times; sadly, I’m having to do it again. All they want is easy street. They hate Christ’s Cross. But easy street is a dead-end street. Those who live there make their bellies their gods; belches are their praise; all they can think of is their appetites.
20-21 But there’s far more to life for us. We’re citizens of high heaven! We’re waiting the arrival of the Savior, the Master, Jesus Christ, who will transform our earthy bodies into glorious bodies like his own. He’ll make us beautiful and whole with the same powerful skill by which he is putting everything as it should be, under and around him.
Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you. Just thank you from my heart to the heavens, I thank you and praise you for loving me. You are God and I am not. I do not have it all together, but I know You do. So I will trust and obey for there is no other way to be happy. In Jesus Name, Amen