This article is written for the Five Minute Friday writing community link-up, where we write for five minutes on a one word prompt. Today’s word is ‘progress’.
When you walk in the mountains you keep your eyes fixed ahead, on where you are going. Uphill is hard work, so occasionally you stop and turn round to look back on how far you have come and that encourages you to press on!
The hardest mountain walk I have done was a ridge walk, and the reason it was so tough was because you lost sight of your destination. There would be a peak in front of you and after a lot of effort and hard work you got to the top of the peak. But that was not the summit, you went down again, dropping maybe 1,000ft and then back up another hill. I remember hoping that the top of that peak was going to be the summit, but no it wasn’t, down and then up again…..
Progress can only be measured in relation to your destination.Tweet
We Progress When We Keep our Eyes Fixed on our Destination.
To progress on our journey of faith, we need to keep our eyes fixed on our destination. One day we will be with the Lord and then we will be like Him. Right now we are a work in progress. The work that God is doing within our hearts and lives, may be invisible, but there will be an outer working, which over time slowly becomes visible, as we are changed.
“Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.”1 John 3:2
Life is a journey!
We are all on a journey through life. Some may be on a straight hill walk and making steady progress, others may be enduring the ridge walk. Whatever the path, to progress on this spiritual journey, we need to participate in God’s grace. We cannot take control, it is not possible to do it alone. The only way to receive our strength is to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus.
“And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.”Hebrews 12: 1b-2a
I’ve added a beautiful version of an old song, which I’ve found to be a real blessing.