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I’m Trying


Yoda once said, “Do or do not.  There is no try.”

Y’all, Yoda wasn’t human.

And, if there’s anything I know about being human, it’s this:

Some days, the triumph IS the trying.

Not the outcome, but the effort.

As a mom, many days, all I can say is, “I’m trying.”

I’m trying to hold it together when it all seems to fall apart.

I’m trying to teach them to do right even when I am wrong.

I’m trying to think of just one more way to cook chicken.

And more often than not, my effort falls short.

I end up crying in the kitchen.

I lose my temper when I need to tame my tongue.

I make “last minute chicken.”  Again.

And I put my head on my pillow at night and wonder if I will ever do anything right.

And, do you know what happens next?

The sun comes up, and I have to try all over again.

I face most of the same struggles day in and day out, and I’m guessing you do, too.

So take a moment and put them in perspective.

Stop focusing on the failure and focus on the future.  Don’t obsess about the obstacles; gaze at the goal.

Look at life like Paul did when he wrote:

“Not that I ave already obtained all of this or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.  I do not yet consider myself  to have taken hold of it, but this one thing I do:  forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.  All of us, then, who are mature should take such a view of things.”  (Philippians 3:12-15)

This is how I need to look at life.  It’s not simply a series of getting from one goal to the next.  There is only one goal.

Life is not a series of getting from one goal to the next

Go after it.

The finish line does not lie in a room full of folded laundry.  It’s found at the feet of Jesus.