Imagine you are in a large field. Ahead of you in the distance is a large Oak tree standing all by itself in the field. As you walk towards it, you take one step forward it and then one step right. You continue this pattern as you move closer to the Oak tree, one step forward and then one step right. After 100 steps forward, you have also stepped 100 steps right. So when you finally get to the Oak Tree, how far from it are you?
Pretty far actually...
This is the human life in a nutshell. Every day we wake up and either move one step towards our goal or one step away. It all comes down to our choices. We choose to act in one direction or another. These choices are determined by outside factors, relationships and our own lusts and desires. Many wonder "how did I get here?"
Every day is a new one and one filled with new promise and hope. The difference between success and failure is simply choosing the right path one step at a time. In our world of instant gratification, many have lost sight of this. Bill Gates and Warren Buffet did not become Billionaires over night. Olympic athletes did not become superstars and gold medal winners in a short period of time. Every day, they set their mind on the goal and worked towards it. They never lost sight of where they wanted to go.
If you called a different person every day, at the end of one year, you would have connected with 365 people! How many can say that. If you cleaned up one area of your house every day, I would imagine your house would be pretty clean and organized after one year.
Scripture speaks to this in many of its books. In the Psalms, David reveals the results of those who walk in step with the Lord.
The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; Psalm 37
Paul proclaims his desires and the goal he is reaching towards in Philippians.
I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3
The reality is that the walk with God is a daily one. Every day we choose to follow Him or our own lusts and desires. History has proven time and time again how the road to riches and fame ends up.. death and destruction of all they have worked for. Why not learn from history and choose a different path.
Miracles begin to happen as you move in the direction of God. Peter himself experienced this when Jesus was walking on water. Peter wanted to join Him so Jesus said come.
“Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. Matthew 14
As long as Peter kept his eyes fixed on Jesus, he too was able to walk on water. Once he diverted his eyes away from Jesus, he began to sink into the sea. Had he kept his eyes directed at the Lord, this story would have been different.
We too can walk toward Jesus and keep our eyes fixated on Him. Every day, we can read a passage of scripture. If you read 4 chapters a day in the Bible, you would complete it in a year. Very few people can say they have read the entire Bible cover to cover. It is a daily decision. Every day we can submit to God in prayer. Every day we can wish someone well. Every day we can start the process of restoration of the person God wants us to become. It just takes one step at a time.
Press on towards the goal, keep your eyes fixated on Jesus and choose wisely every day. I guarantee you will be amazed at the results and miracles will start to occur in your life. One step at a time...