Every one of us wants progress. We want to strive to get better, to be in a position where we see ourselves thrive. What is progress to you though? Is it obtaining all the degrees in the world? Is it being the richest person on earth? Is it being famous? Philippians 3:12-14 says: “Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus. Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus”.
This is Paul speaking. Paul knew where he was going. He was on his own lane focusing on his goal. When you know where you are going in life, nothing can move or stop you. There is progress in each and every one of us. Whether it is small or big, we are all progressing. I remember when I graduated from University, and I was telling myself that until I find my full-time job in my desired area, I will start to see progress. Up till now, I have not yet obtained my full-time job, but what I am proud of is how FAR I have come as an individual. I am grateful that God has been helping me to progress within my situation. God has been showing me how blessed I am in my current position, being a blessing towards other people, developing myself as an individual, being more sociable and helpful towards others, and finally knowing the Will of God! When you begin to acknowledge your weakness, God will show you His strength and therefore will enable you to progress step by step.
We tend to put limits on ourselves because of what we don’t have because we have placed our focus on what others have. Being blessed does not mean always having what your neighbor has. We need to remember that our progress does not come from man, but it comes from God alone. So do not put yourself in a position where you feel tied up in what others have, because it is God who provides the blessings. You may not feel as if you are progressing in the situation you are in now; trust me I know because I have been there, but you must realise that the progress is in the JOURNEY of your final destination. When you feel stuck, just kneel down and pray and ask God for progress, ask Him to direct your steps, because the STEPS OF A GOOD MAN ARE ORDERED BY THE LORD! (Psalms 37:23).
It is very easy to say you want to jump from 1 to 100, but what about the other 99 steps you need to take in order to reach 100? Do not be too quick to reach your destination. It is a step by step process. Those that rush end up nowhere, but when we take our time to work with the journey, eventually, we will see why it was so beneficial for us to go through a long process to reach the destination. Do you think God doesn’t know what you need? Of course He does! He knows our thoughts even before we think it, and what we are about to say before we speak it. We need to know the God we serve in order to progress in this uncertain world!
Tomorrow is not promised, so make the most of every opportunity today! In every area of your life, strive to progress! Progress comes from God! He gives us the strength to continually work hard to get to where we need to be. He will place people and take people out of your life for us to get stronger. All the tears, sweat, sleepless nights are not going to waste, because God knows everything. People may laugh at you, and see you as nothing, but God sees you as someone! It may feel like you are still in the same position as last year, but you are not! The only reason why you think you are in the same position as last year is because of your thinking. Think big, and you will end big! Think small and you will end small! There is power in what you speak out of your mouths.
Remember progress isn’t for the faint-hearted, it is for those who want to strive! Be the best, because you are the best! Keep saying that to yourself! Whatever your position, work hard to the very fullest! When people see you progress, then they will be convinced that God is able to do exceedingly and abundantly above all we can ever think or ask of. You cannot make progress without God. No matter how many degrees you have, no matter how many jobs you have, we must realise that all these come from the Lord.
“I would rather fail in a cause that will someday triumph, than triumph in a cause that will someday fail.”
How about you? Where are you putting your energy and time: into progress in the things of this world, or into true progress with God? Progress without God is no progress at all. The only progress that counts is progress with God at the center of our lives.
SOME QUIT DUE TO SLOW PROGRESS, NEVER GRASPING THE FACT THAT “SLOW PROGRESS IS PROGRESS!”.