The Apostle Paul, Scout Finch and Jay Gatsby work with me on my resolve to resolve.
For once, I didn’t even get on the “Read-the-Bible-In-A-Year” wagon. I wouldn’t want to set myself up for that “Third-of-January-Guilt-But-Don’t-Worry-There’s-Infinite-Grace” syndrome on the third.
After my cardigan-losing streak, one reader pointed out that I was in good company. The apostle Paul had a similar issue:
“When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, and my scrolls, especially the parchments. 2 Timothy ch 4
With that Pauline affinity, I then went to church on New Year’s Day and it seemed to me that Paul had a resolution that any Christian should share:
“I want to know Christ…”
Can’t really argue with that.
He goes on, and part of what he goes on to say is:
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.
Forgetting what is behind…? I don’t think he had knitwear in mind here.
But I do think he meant that the past is past and it shouldn’t hold us back. Nor should it make us complacent.
I feel myself about to side-step into The Great Gatsby… Perhaps I should stop here 🙂
“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past”.
Last line of “The Great Gatsby” by F Scott Fitzgerald.
So, pressing on, or being borne back ceaselessly? Hmm…
Ah! I was just thinking “treading water” is perhaps the solution – but Paul also gives some treading water advice, arguably. He says:
“Let us live up to what we have already attained.”
Oh no! I feel “To Kill A Mockingbird” coming on…
“Standing on the porch is enough.”
I hope that a) anyone has followed this train of thought, and that b) you find your place of Grace – be it pressing on, treading water, beating on… or standing on the porch.