*Poetry Corner- “Shoot for the Moon”

Shoot for the Moon

I shoot for the moon
Working long and hard
Though I have failed to reach it,
It never breaks my heart
Because I shoot for the moon
And always land on stars

I strive for excellence, perfection
Going for the gold
Why am I prevented from achieving it?
My scarred, imperfect human soul
I aim to get closer and closer to it
Constantly and consistently improving, bit by bit

In achieving all my dreams,
In everything I do
Lord, you are my standard
I always look to you
Because you shoot for the moon
And always make it that far
I will shoot for your moon
And always land on your stars
When I aim, I’m never so far aff
That I fall so far down
That I make it all the way
Back to the cold, lifeless ground

Because for you, I aim for excellence
Working long and hard
I cannot reach the moon like you
My sins keep us distant, far apart
But I’m pulled closer and made stronger
By knowing your heart
So when I shoot for the moon,
At least I always land on stars

-Jennifer Clayton

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I wrote this poem because I work hard to tell people about Christ, and to improve as a Christian on the daily basis. It says that I strive for perfection in the things I do, but I never quite reach it; only Jesus can do that. I strive to not sin, but of course, I will sin; I strive to be faithful, but of course, I fall short.

It is the nature of who we are: fallen, broken, imperfect. And that is what Christ is for. By accepting him as my Lord and Saviour, asking him to come into my life and lead, trusting him in my heart, he made me flawless through himself. He is perfect, and I am not perfect, but I am made perfect through him. Only through him.

The goals I could not reach on my own, he helped me reach them. The strength I could never muster up on my own, he mustered it up for me. The courage I never had, he gave it to me. The love I never had, he shared his with me. Yes, the list goes on and on. He shoots for the moon and always lands on it. I shoot for the moon, fall short, but that is okay.

He forgives me for not being good enough, for falling short sooooo very often! Whenever I stumble, I am caught in his grace. His mercy is why it is okay for us not to be perfect. By dying on the cross and rising up 3 days later, he paid for our sins, all of our various imperfections. So I know it is okay to be imperfect, so long as I have in my heart. 😀 He is perfect where we can’t be, so we learn to depend on him. It truly is okay.

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4 Comments »

  1. cogs Said:

    i like the sentiment of keeping the focus on god. it reminds me of the tower of babel, where they tried to build a skyscraper tower by their own power. instead, we can be letting god build himself within us, through his own power. our towers may seem strong, but will eventually fall.

    Luk 6:48 He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.

    • deadwednesdays Said:

      Yeah, people try so hard, and want to succeed by their own strength, their own power. They overlook the fact the the Lord wants to do a good work in them, he wants to help them keep improving, and he wants them to succeed through him. His strength is infinitely greater than man’s strength, so why not depend on him?

      People who try to make it big, and lift up their names, their success may last for awhile, but it will eventually dry up. They will eventually be forgotten. The Lord’s gifts are eternal. I know that everything I work for, I try to do it for him, because I know these things are eternal. Foundation of rock is awesome!

      Zechariah 4:6 Then he told me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘You will not succeed by your own strength or by your own power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord All-Powerful.

      • cogs Said:

        that is a great thought, reminding me to consider how worthwhile following god is. we have the hope of producing fruit fit for the kingdom of god. and the knowledge that everything else will be burned up as nothing. i like that you lean on god all the time.

  2. deadwednesdays Said:

    Hehe, I try. More people should lean on God. Hold on to everything you have in him.


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