This is Steve and welcome back to another segment of Press On. This is called Butter Beans.
Growing up our family faced a number of challenging problems not unlike many families in the 60’s.
As a family of 7 there was financial hardship. The majority of my clothing was clothes worn by my brothers the year before. During the summer time meals from the the garden was common such as butter bean stew. It was butter beans with corn, butter beans with tomatoes, butter beans with chicken, butter beans with rice and the list went on. As kids you didn’t know any better you didn’t wonder why you were having so many meals with butter beans. The old man worked hard but was haunted by his past and secret use of alcohol the outcome of his periodic drinking was no secret however...he often became violent which created fear and tension. We all liked to watch John Wayne movies on our black and white console tv. John Wayne’s spirit of “true grit” or resolve and determination by strength of character became our personal rally call.
Even with that spirit however there is an obvious question to be asked “to what end”. For purpose make it safely to death at a ripe old age. Does even having this attitude give us meaning, value and purpose.
The apostle Paul in Philippians 3 speaks to this unavoidable question: “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.... I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
There’s much more to this story but for today think about this....having resolve to Press On is only sustainable when our purpose for doing so is eternal.
The truth is God through Jesus calls all of us heavenward...are you willing to let him take hold of you.
This is Steve and until we meet again Press On.
To Dustin a vibrant young man in his 30’s fighting to beat Covid our prayers, thoughts and hopes are with you.
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