Updated: Sep 6, 2019
by HEATHER SHAVER
Philippians 3:13b-14 (ESV) But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead,14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 1:6 (ESV) And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
I was raised in a Christian home and my dad was a pastor. I was saved at church camp in the summer when I was 8 years old. I followed God faithfully until near the end of high school. It was then that I began to turn from God and try to do life in my own way, rather than following God. I looked at my friends who were not Christians and they seemed to be having so much fun and I believed the lie that I was missing out. I spent years making choices that hurt myself and others around me while I chased after an image of fun that the world wanted me to believe. Yet through all of this, I can look back and see how God was guiding me and putting the right people in my life. I know that it was through God’s faithfulness and protection, and the prayers of parents, grandparents, and eventually my husband’s family that my heart began to become tender to God again. Just after we had Jackson, we started going to Calvary and began to grow even more in our faith.
In one of my counseling classes, we used a technique called a “spiritual life map” to draw a visual representation of our spiritual life and journey. I was sad to see the times that I ran from God. Yet what struck me about the image I drew was that even though I had some very low times in my life when I was rebelling against God, I could see that there had been growth throughout my life and my walk with the Lord. Even more than this, I realized that while my faithfulness has changed through the years with some highs and some lows, God has remained faithful and steadfast, constantly drawing me back to Himself as He did repeatedly with the Israelites throughout the Old Testament.
Another point that made me reconsider how I was serving God was during my grandfather’s funeral. He was a man who loved and served God faithfully though his life. During his funeral, one man spoke about how he was a Christian because of my grandfather’s faithfulness. My grandfather had led his parents to the Lord, and because of that this man grew up in a Christian home and was now a pastor himself. I was overwhelmed with how far my grandfather’s faithfulness to God had reached. It made me consider what impact I was having for God’s kingdom and propelled me to take action. Part of me was ashamed that I had wasted so much time, but just as Paul recognized our work is to simply keep working towards the goal that is set before us. Now I volunteer at the Hope Women’s Resource Clinic to try to reach out to young moms who are overwhelmed with the news of a new pregnancy.
Thank you for being faithful, even when we are not. Thank you for the sacrifice that Jesus made on the cross to bear the punishment for our sins. Thank you for those who have gone before us and poured the gospel into our lives. Help us to share your love with those around us every day.
ACTIONS OF THE DAY
MONDAY: DAY ONE
If you were to draw a picture of your spiritual walk with God, what would that picture look like? Would it be a straight line, or a winding road, or a path through mountains and valleys?
TUESDAY: DAY TWO
Can you think of people who made an impact in your life and your salvation journey? Spend some time thanking God for those people and their faithfulness.
WEDNESDAY: DAY THREE
In what ways are you reaching out and serving others to share the good news of Christ with them? Please share these ways with us, so that other women can be encouraged through your sharing.