“I am not what I ought to be,
I am not what I want to be,
I am not what I hope to be in another world;
but still I am not what I once used to be,
and by the grace of God I am what I am"
-John Newton. Former slave trader. Writer of "Amazing Grace".
In another world, I will one day be...
What I am not right now!
In this world, I am not now...
What I once used to be.
My conclusion on the matter?
My Lord and God is so very patient.
I look at the final days of Abraham.
Lot. Samson. David. And Uzziah.
Even though it looks like two steps forward and one step back.
And feels like one step forward and two steps back!
It's still going in the right direction.