• Heidi J. Smith

Moving Forward

If you can't fly, then run, if you can't run, then walk, if you can't walk, then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving... Martin Luther King Jr.

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Happy New Year!

As 2021 begins, how do you view the new year?

Do you cheer at the blank pages before you? Create resolutions to check off? Chuckle at the craziness around you? Or camp as the struggles of last year weigh you down?

No matter your stance, I want to encourage us to move forward and anticipate blessings this year. We can't change the past, but we can learn from it and press on.

We have all had bumps in our lives, but maybe the bumps are there to help us grow.

Just like a grain of sand rubbing inside a oyster makes a pearl. The bumps are temporary and the end result is worth it.

Moving forward requires us to stop dwelling on the past and delighting in the future.

Christ offers hope and healing. No matter what rocky pieces pierce our pasts.

"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." Philippians 3:13b-14

This true story of a young boy overcoming his handicaps reminds us to persevere and press on.

During the 3rd century BC, a young boy stuttered and suffered ridicule from others. His parents died when he was seven leaving his guardians to squander his inheritance.

Discouraged and lacking a good education, he moved to a isolated place and determined to move forward.

He stuffed pebbles in his mouth and recited verses to correct his stammering. He studied and spoke by the sea to increase his volume.

This boy named Demosthenes eventually grew to became the greatest orator of Athens.

Everyone faces obstacles. Maybe you were born with a handicap like Demosthenes, or you were dealt a bad hand of cards. Whatever the situation, we all have the same choice: stay put or move forward.

As Martin Luther King Jr said, "Whatever you do, you have to keep moving."

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