By Tony McCreery, Pastor First Baptist Church —
Meet the Robinsons is an entertaining movie. An orphan boy Lewis is
always inventing crazy things and scaring off potential parents. Through
a series of events he actually ends up in the future with a unique
family that he fits in well with.
He discovers that they too are a family of inventors! The main difference is that this family's inventions actually work.
Lewis believes that he is a failure and that all of his inventions
are failures. He wants to throw in the towel and never invent anything
What he discovers through his time with this family is that they too
have failed inventions. However, the Robinsons did not see their
inventions as failures. They saw the inventions that didn't work as
learning opportunities. Instead of 99 failures, their view was that
there were 99 ways it didn't work until they discovered the one that
Their philosophy was to “Keep Moving Forward.” Every time there was a
way something didn't work they would say… “Keep moving forward.” That
philosophy should be carried over into the Christian's life as well.
The Apostle Paul wrote to the Philippians “Not that I have already
attained, or am already perfected; but I press on… I press toward the
goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 3:12, 14
Paul had not yet become everything that God had for him to be. He was
a work in progress. Not a failure, not a mistake, not an oops. Paul was
a work in progress that had not yet achieved everything that he needed
He realized he had to press on toward the goal, to “keep moving forward.”
In our lives there are quite a few things that get us down and will
keep us down if we let it. We must look to Paul's example and press on.
You are not a failure, a mistake, or an oops. You are a work in
progress. Realize that God is working in each one of us and that he is
not through yet. We are constantly learning those things that work in
our lives, and those that don't. Look at your past losses not as
failures, but as things that you have learned do not work in your life.
Look to Jesus and press on toward the goal.
No matter what life throws at you remember that God created you and
has a great purpose for you. The Lord is alive and well, and working in
you to make you into the very best you that you can be.
When you feel as though you can't do anymore and that you have messed
it all up, give it to Jesus and “keep moving forward.” He will change
it and make everything work, if you will let Him.