There are plenty of things about so many people that I deeply admire and would like to emulate in one-way or another. But I do not want to be a copy of someone else since God made me for His purposes according to His plan for my life. I do however want to be the best version of what God created me to be. To admire others is actually a form of praise of God since the best character qualities of the created ones emanate from the Creator Himself. But he LORD Almighty designed each of us for His divine purpose for us. I cannot fulfill that purpose while chasing after someone else’s life. Every fantasy envisioning of “the perfect life” must be surrendered to the Perfect One. LORD God, I want to live the perfect life, that is, the life You designed for me. Grant me grace this day to be that man.
John Bunyan’s “The Pilgrim's Progress from This World, to That Which Is to Come” is an allegory written while he was imprisoned for his Christian beliefs. Until we reach the Golden Gates of Heaven we must progress in our walk of faith here on earth. Each time I think I understand God’s ways and means He turns the diamond and new facets of His splendor emerge. For the true believer there is no spiking the ball in the end zone on this side of Glory; there is no settling down where we are in this life. Not only am I tolerant of this constantly changing status, I am genuinely thankful for it. I am being pulled toward eternal purpose that I cannot fathom but I instinctively know awaits me. So I’ll keep my shoes on until it’s over. Lord, though I struggle in Your arms, You never let me go. Keep me moving toward Your perfect will. Help me never miss a turn or stop unnecessarily. Keep me progressing toward Your perfect will.