Everyone will hit that proverbial bump in the road at some point in life. This moment of inconvenience could be a quick pit stop, a rough stretch or turn into a dead end. If the latter is you, its hard to start over, especially if you’re not sure where to go from here.
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, Philippians 3:12.
Upon receiving the news of my most recent rejection from Hollywood, fourth in five years, I’m starting to have second thoughts on my writing career. Part of me truly believed my latest script Dragged Behind the Devil’ s Door would be a box office hit, but now that reality is setting in I wonder if I’m on the right track or simply chasing some improbable fantasy.
Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, Philippians 3:13.
Perhaps the apostle Paul went through a similar phase during his first century mission trips throughout the Middle East. Instead of seeing progress, Paul experienced failure, persecution and suffering. While writing a letter to one of his favorite churches, Paul had a vision that gave him direction for the last portion of his life. May the words above serve as a message of hope to those ready to give up, quit or abandon your calling. Although I’m not sure what role writing will play in the next stage of my life, I need to forget past disappointments by straining toward what is ahead, eternal life with Christ my Lord.
by Jay Mankus