Coloring in the Lines

Words written fade, promises are forgotten, victories are just dusty trophies on shelves. What do we do when this happens to us? We darken in the words, we dust off the trophies and we remember. The other day I did just that. 

I’ve had a verse written on a slip of paper. It was Philippians 3:13-14.
“But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to what is ahead, I pursue as my goal the prize promised by God’s heavenly call in Christ Jesus.”

I had written it after my one year anniversary with Christ, January 6th, 2013. This was a new verse though. Much of 2012 was spent trying to scrape the past off of me and this verse was really good for me, in saying that I need not focus on my past but focus on the promise that Jesus had laid out in my future. 
Time passed though and I forgot. Forgot how much Jesus had brought me through: the pain, the loneliness, the numbness and how he had given me joy and peace and hope. It had become just another verse to me over the last few months, not taking much meaning. The black ink faded from the slip of paper and you could barely read it any more. 
As I sat in my car the other day waiting for class, I saw the faded ink. I began to think to myself, its time to darken back in the promise. So I picked up a pen and carefully began to darken in the lines to the verse, the words appearing again, lively, new, profound. It was like I was seeing those words for the first time. I continued carefully darkening in the lines. I got to the end and there it was: the continual promise. That simple action made something new that had been so old, a slip of paper with a verse written on it, become a living promise, a promise that will carry me through my entire life. 
Today, my challenge to you, dust off your past victories and rejoice. Remember where you have been brought, from death to life, from weakness to power in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Color back in those lines to old words and old phrases that have carried you through many days of victory. Like Nehemiah said, “Remember your awe-inspiring God and fight for your countrymen, your wives.”
Today is a day of remembrance of past victories but also pushing forward into new victories and God’s promises he has for your life!
Have a blessed day,
Joseph. 

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