December 12, 2008
“Always to go forward, never to turn back!” – Junipero
What keeps you from moving forward? Fear? Shame and guilt? Failure?
There are many reasons we do not go forward: forward into new
ministries, new careers, new relationships, new freedom, new horizons.
We may not want to turn back, but we do, overcome by the dark cloud
of the things that are holding us down, sapping our strength, and
destroying our courage.
Junipero Serra had one response for this: “Always to go
forward, never to turn back!”
Go forward: even when the fear clutches at your chest – because
God is at your side.
Go forward: even when your past is full of shame, sin, and guilt – because
God has forgiven you entirely.
Go forward: even when you have failed before – because God
redeems even failure to use for his good purposes.
Go forward: even when you are at your weakest – because
God’s power will be perfected in your human frailty.
No matter what your past contains, no matter what present trials
you are enduring, no matter what fears the future may hold, make
this the battle cry of your life: “Always to go forward,
never to turn back!”
- Is there anything you should be moving forward into – a
calling, relationship, career, ministry, etc. – that you
have been avoiding?
- What keeps you from moving forward, and why does it stop
- Imagine for a moment what it would be like if you did
move forward – what might you accomplish or become?
- What verses can you find that will challenge the things
that are stopping you from moving forward, and that will affirm
God’s grace and strength to meet your needs?