Ginrich's Devotional Blog

January 24, 2011

Past and Future

Phil 3:13 Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead

I was sitting on a porch looking out on a lake.  I looked at that same lake a few decades ago.  Back then, it was a Boy Scout Camp and we were considering buying it and turning it into a retreat center.  God took us a different direction and we forgot about the camp.  Now, decades later, we are back but it is not a camp.  It is a private farm where they raise Arabian horses, shih-tzu dogs and a variety of other animals.  Our oldest daughter manages the facilities for the owner.  Our daughter also takes in abused and neglected horses, brings them back to health and teaches children how to ride and care for the horses.  She has a beautiful ministry, which includes helping emotionally challenged or physically challenged children.  I would have never dreamed that what we thought we would be doing and couldn’t would be the location for our oldest daughters\’s ministry.  We let go of one of our dreams and God used it to fulfill our daughter’s dram.  I also never would have guessed I would ever be writing or preaching.   Many people miss God’s blessings because they hang on tight to the past.   We settle for the good and don’t wait for the best.   To grow, we must always be opened to changes God brings into our lives.  Our dreams are smaller than God’s vision for us.  Go ahead a dream but be willing to see other directions God would take you.



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