“I just wish I made progress faster …and wish I had started earlier.”
I heard the voice of my daughter, coming from the kitchen, as she said this to my wife. My daughter was heartbroken, she was frustrated, and was expressing her regrets.
Don’t we all have them? If we could look back on our lives, despite what most say, wouldn’t we all change things? Oh boy… I sure would. Big time. But we can’t. So we take what we have been given, appreciate it for what it is and push forward.
My daughter walked past me and I said, “hey, come here…” I hugged her and said, “remember when we went to San Francisco and saw those huge trees?”
“Do you think they grew fast?”
“Well the fast-growing trees are weak, the slow-growing trees grow strong and tall.”
“Keep at it, slow, steady progress. No shortcuts, this is the path to success in everything.”
My daughter plays the harp beautifully and she is very talented. I have no doubt she will be at a very high level, well actually, I think she already is at a very high level, but there is always a higher level to achieve.
I regret my own personal level of achievement. “Lord, why didn’t you save me earlier in life?” I want to be a theologian, a godly man growing in the grace of the Lord at a faster pace, to achieve the highest level… I’d love to have more time to study… I’d love to this or I’d love to that…
But guess what? He didn’t, He chose the time and the place.
Why should I regret that? Why should my complaining spirit come through, my lack of contentment reign supreme? That’s an easy question to answer. But I really don’t like what it says about me at the core.
It really is a contentment issue after all, isn’t it? “Oh, this wicked heart of mine, how I hate it. Sometimes. Ugh…”
Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me. – Philippians 4:11-13
Wow, Paul had to learn. I have to learn. You have to learn and my daughter has to learn, how to be content. And what is the secret? Christ. He is the source of strength.
Press on brothers and sisters, you have a source that others don’t have.