Never did I imagine that Mark was right. During our lesson this week, Mark said that we would need to be careful because this week is one known to be filled with broken promises. Being one that, up until this week, could count on little more than one hand the number of times I have missed my coveted readings and sits including on my cruise vacation, I scoffed at the idea that I might fall off the MKMMA wagon. Yet, here I am. Thankfully, I have not missed an entire day; however, honestly, I must admit that I have been less than normally diligent.
I could blame outside forces — finishing out homeschool honors final exams for our youngest son, decorating, shopping, gift wrapping, family visiting (although they did enjoy my shapes and colors), traveling, cramming patient appointments into fewer days, sheer exhaustion — but the fact of the matter is that I am responsible for my future self’s best interest. Am I disappointed, somewhat. Am I mad at myself, not really. The desire for perfection is something I have shed long ago from much self work and study of God’s word.
Sanctification is the life-long process of becoming more and more like Christ. Right there I know that perfection is not an expectation or even an option. What it tells me is that maintaining direction and aspiring for progress is EXACTLY where I should be. I find peace and joy knowing that I am am on the right path and following my compass.
A gift in all this, I see how ingrained it has become because I heard the echos of all of the teachings throughout my week. I persist. I win.
I pray that each of you is experiencing the same peace and joy now and always. Merry Christmas, y’all!