Philippians 3:12-14 — Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
Sometimes we can get very discouraged. If you’re like me, sometimes you have a clear vision of where you would like to be in life, but you can’t seem to get there. You have hopes and dreams, goals and plans, but then something happens—something out of your control—and it all just seems impossible. You know who you would love to become, but the journey just doesn’t seem possible.
Whenever I feel overwhelmed, I try to remind myself to simply do one thing that will move me toward the goal. Just one thing.
Think about it. Can you run a marathon today? Probably not. But can you walk one mile? Sure. And if you can walk one mile today, can you walk two miles tomorrow? Before long, you are growing in your endurance, and within months you may be running five or ten miles a day. The journey toward a marathon suddenly becomes reachable.
I believe this same applies to growing in our relationship with Jesus. One small step today paves the way for a journey down the road. If there is something you hope to accomplish, what if you told yourself, “I will do the things today that will enable me to do tomorrow what I can’t do today.” God will help you achieve your goal. One step at a time.