Lent Series – Halftime

Philippians 3:12-14  (NLT)
Pressing toward the Goal

12 I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. 13 No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.

We are half way through our time of Lent and this is a good opportunity to take a halftime moment to ask ourselves a few questions on our time of reflection and repentance. Our goal a few weeks ago was to find and acknowledge a sin in our lives that was impacting our life and relationship with God. We have been asking and reflecting on the following thoughts:

  • Did we find a sin that was impacting our character that needs correcting?
  • Did we find supporting scripture to help us see the gap from where we are to where God would have us to be ?
  • Are we on the right track to end up going in the direction of God’s purpose in our lives ?

Like all halftime reviews in life we can take this opportunity to see where we are and what adjustments or changes we might need to make to end up where God would lead us to be. The challenge we often have is our focus on the negative because we view the gap that we need to close is too big. We sell ourselves short and also feel like there is too much unknown to move ahead. God sees that as our greatest opportunity because if we truly admit we cant close the gap and ask Him He will help us go further than we ever thought possible. Take this halftime to reflect on the positive thoughts and changes you already are making and allow those to move you forward. You may be closer to an actual breakthrough than you realize. The quote above from Andy Andrews is spoken by the angel Gabriel, in Andy’s book the Travelers Gift, to help us realize that the path of life is a continual one of challenge and our response to it. The tragedy in life is not that we lose but that we ALMOST win. We can get so close to something great for our purpose and when we cannot see the end in sight we stop. We give up, and if we quit we must admit that we lack Faith. Faith never quits, it never rests or gives in, it is always looking for a way forward. Mountains that we need to get over to realize the truth of faith will always lay in our path. Some are there by circumstances of our own making from poor decisions, others allowed there by the actions of someone or something else over which we had no control but they are in our path. Faith does not stop to question the origin of the mountain it only looks for a way past it to get to where God needs us to be – Faith will go over, under or around an obstacle because once we are past it then it is just that in our past and it cannot stop us again.

May your halftime reflection provide you a boost in your spirit to know that the greatest Cheerleader in the world is pulling for you and He wants you to reach your goals and live to your purpose that he has called you to.

Jeremiah 29:11  (NLT)

11 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.