Two steps forward, three steps back.
Just get going and something knocks you off course.
Get to the cellar and then you have to pee.
Those moments just kind of creep up on you. Your doing great and then suddenly - BOOM, you feel like you're "in the pits" again. Naturally the same can be true of exercise and the spiritual life. We all aim for those mountain top experiences. Many people leave the church, and probably the gym, when the daily grind become too much. We want things to happen quickly, and we want to be amazed all the time.
Life just isn't like that ... #srynotsry.
Life is the daily grind. Life is getting up and getting "to it" every day. The pit falls are just going to come. They can be financial, physical, emotional, etc. but they will come. This is just telling you the reality (one you already know). I'm not being a "negative nancy," just setting the ground work for awesome.
So here is the awesome.
The daily grind leads to each moment we long for, and they come just as suddenly as the pitfalls. Those moments are like: when we are happy with the results we see in the mirror, when someone tells us that we have changed for the better, when we become financially free all together or pay off a bill, when we receive a diploma, trophy, award, etc for hard work, or when we land the job we've always wanted and cease to "work" and do what we love.
You don't get to those moments without trudging through the daily grind and getting out of the pits.
I find Philippians 3.12-21 helpful. Paul has the humility to recognize that he needs to keep going in order to receive eternal life. And guess when eternal life comes? At death. Boom. That's right, but is straining to live towards the glorious day when he dies, and is living each day toward one end - eternity. He is not sitting back and waiting because he is "saved," no. He is becoming more every day.
We can do the same. And when we have Christ, he strengthens us when we hit those pits. He brings us up out of them, and sets us back on the path the leads to greater things.
So press on through the daily grind and do not be idle. Keep going!
Some "weekly" musings from Pastor Dave as he sits on his porch and drinks coffee, thinking about theology and lifting heavy weights. For gymsharks, there is something called "Flex Fridays," where we vainly put up photos of ourselves flexing. So this blog is my attempt to flex my theological muscles through reflection ... get it?