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February 17, 2011, 12:00 AM

STRIVE!!!

Philippians 3:14 (The Message)

12-14 I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.

 

In this world we live in we are tested and tried sometimes daily. At times it feels like the more we strive toward our goal the further we get from it. So many times people simply give up on their dream, give up on their hopes and they just give up in defeat.

 

In our daily walk with God we all have dreams, goals and promises but sometimes it seems that everything that can come against us does and we become overwhelmed, tired and disillusioned.

We feel that we have fought, pressed and reached so hard for what we desire only to be awakened to the realization that we are imperfect…….we finally get to the place that we are not sure that God can even use us or if we can even make it through this life.

If you feel or have ever felt this way then congratulations!!!! You are normal, it is normal for us as human beings to reach the place where we begin to feel like we are a little fish in a great big pond and we become overwhelmed.

Now to all of you little fish lol! I want to introduce a 6 letter word into your vocabulary

Strive!

That’s right…Strive

The word strive means to devote serious effort or energy

How much serious energy and effort are we really devoting to our situation compared to how much negative influence we are taking in?

I fear that many times the word “Strive” is not in our life but rather the word “Strife”

You see “Strife” means conflict

Conflict!!!

Conflict is exactly what I described at the beginning of this blog

Strife causes conflict to the individual and then they begin to think and feel hopeless and worthless, they begin to feel that they cannot make it.

Strife = Conflict

I think it is time to replace our “Strife” with some “Strive”!!!

You see strife will take me no where but “Strive” will take me everywhere.

The things of this world are coming against me, what will I do? Strive!!!!

People are talking smack about me, what will I do? Strive!!!

I lost my job, what will I do? Strive!!!

My friends have deserted me, what will I do? Strive!!!

The enemy of my soul has been shooting his darts at me, what will I do? Strive!!!

I not perfect, what should I do? STRIVE!!!!!!

In the scripture above the Apostle Paul says some very powerful things, he says (Paraphrasing)“Hey I’m not saying that I’m perfect but I’m reaching for the one who has reached out for me, I’m no expert but I got my eye set on the goal that God is pointing me towards and I am running towards it…..no turning back for me”

What are you doing Paul? Striving!!!

They might beat you again Paul, what you going to do? Strive!!!

They might mock and ridicule you Paul, what you gonna do? Strive!!!

Strive!! Strive!! Strive!!

Replace “Strife” with “Strive”

Replace “Conflict” with “Confidence”

Here are “Five Strive” points

1. Stop expecting to be perfect…and just strive!!
2. Cut off negative influence…and just strive!!
3. Team up with others who are striving…and just strive!!
4. Replace fear with faith…and just strive
5. Understand who your “Coach” is (God)…and just strive!!


Just Strive

Stop expecting big wins every time but instead find fulfillment in the small victories

I like the way Louis L’Amour put it

“Victory is not won in miles but in inches. Win a little now, hold your ground, and later, win a little more – Louis L’Amour

Hold Your Ground……don’t let anybody steal the victories that you have already won…..hold your ground….it’s your ground!!!

Strive!!!

You Can Do It!!!

God is your coach and His plays are always right!!!

Let your adversaries be learning experiences, let your trials propel you forward stronger and better then before……..let your failures be lessons and press on toward your goal

Strive!!!

Grab hold of “Unwavering Strive”

 

Unwavering Strive

In search of happiness
Sorrow creeps in… slowly
Like a thief at night… taking over my life.
I’m caught unaware, absorbed in despair.
My dreams though feted… Joy defeated.

Wind blow east, wind blow west…
God! … When will I find rest?
Another day, another strain
Joy? … Yet t’ no avail
Wishes and dreams on feeble trips
Crushed and drowned by nature’s tricks
I sit to ponder…Could joy be yonder?
Why me? Why me? ? I quizzed and wonder!

Sadness engulfs the atmosphere
Tomorrow? Way beyond compare
Loneliness clears a path to tour
Familiarization… its aim for sure.
Retreat dares its ugly head
Love conquers all… so, no despair.

A divine ray, so pure shines through
Amidst the foggy dust and dew
Now am cold, my life unfolds
I now know… Oh yes I know!!
Those pains, I see were meant for gains
Take heed, love life, unwavering strive
These words of note, proposed for hope
I lay to rest, fulfilled at best.

Fred Omorogbe