If you’ve ever pursued a dream or tried to change an area of your life then you need to hear this: The closer you get to your goal, the steeper the climb gets. And the steeper it gets, the more likely you are to slip. And when you do, it will probably catch you off guard. You may say to yourself, “I was doing so well! What happened?” It suddenly feels like all the progress you’ve made isn’t real, that God should give up on you, and you might as well slide all the way back to the bottom.
Don’t listen to those lies, friend.
If you slip, it may be because you are reaching higher and pushing harder and taking new ground in your life. The enemy would love for you to believe the opposite. Because then you’re tempted to just sit down and stay completely still so you don’t mess up again. But that also means you never go any farther. Or you may convince yourself you’ve been on the wrong path all along. So you give up and turn around to find a new path–one that must be safer.
We all fall. We all fail. We all have slip-ups and setbacks. That’s simply part of being human. And that’s why need Jesus.
The difference between those that reach the top of the mountain and those who don’t isn’t perfection–it’s resilience. It’s getting back up again and again. Taking one more step over and over. Refusing to quit even when your heart and tailbone and ego have been bruised.
If you have messed up this week, I want to whisper to your heart: This doesn’t have to mean you’re done. And well done for trying to pursue something worthwhile. Trying and slipping is always better than doing nothing. Because at least you learn. At least you grow. At least you have a shot at one day getting there.
And you will.
So stand tall again, brush the dirt off your backside if you need to and set your sights on where you’re going again.
Then move forward just a little more today.
And trust Love will uphold you all the way…