Devotional: ‘Getting Out of Our Potholes’   

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One day a frog fell into a pothole. He jumped and jumped but couldn’t get out. Even after his frog friends tried to encourage him, still he couldn’t make it over the ledge. Everyone gave up on him and assumed that he was doomed for disaster. Then a couple of days later they saw him hopping down the road. “How did you escape?” they asked. “We thought you couldn’t get out!”

“I thought the same” he replied; “until I heard that truck coming!”

It’s amazing how much more we can do once we find the proper motivation. Too often we give in and say ‘we can’t’, when perhaps we should be saying ‘so far I haven’t.’ Consider what Paul wrote –

“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. 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, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. Let all who are spiritually mature agree on these things.” (Philippians 3:12-15 NLT) 

I especially like Paul’s statement, “…I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me.” Paul was not trying to become more than he was meant to be. Paul was trying to become ALL THAT HE WAS MEANT TO BE!

If you’re in a pothole today, consider these verses:

“Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.”  (Ephesians 3:20 NLT)

“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” (1 Corinthians 2:9 NLT) 

“If God is for us, who can ever be against us?”  (Romans 8:31 NLT) 

“For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.”  (Philippians 4:13 NLT) 

“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.” (Jeremian 29:11 NLT)

Have a great day and get out of that pothole!

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