Pro•gress – Forward or onward movement toward a destination.
Webster’s also defines progress as an expedition or a journey. Life is truly a journey. If you look back on your life thus far, you can see how the ups and downs, twists and turns have made you into the person you are today. We’ve all learned valuable life-lessons along the way. The experiences we have shape us and mold us, but we never want to stay where we are. God’s desire for us is to continually make progress. We’ve all heard it said, “If you’re not moving forward, you are going backwards.” God has placed a desire in each of us to move forward and onward. That’s a good thing! How boring would life be if we never made progress?
“Practice and cultivate and meditate upon these duties; throw yourself wholly into them [as your ministry], so that your progress may be evident to everybody. ” 1 Timothy 4:15 AMP
Progress starts with a passion for more. More of God, more joy, healthier relationships, a deeper prayer life, more peace, whatever it may be. Progress starts with passion. Have you lost your passion for progress today? If so, I hope that this post can stir you up again to move forward, and onward toward the good things God has for you! God wants you and I to grow in every way! To know Him more and accomplish great things for Him! It’s time to move forward.
“Rather, let our lives lovingly express truth [in all things, speaking truly, dealing truly, living truly]. Enfolded in love, let us grow up in every way and in all things into Him Who is the Head, [even] Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).” Ephesians 4:15 AMP
Making progress is not always easy. You will have to be determined not to stay in the place you have been. You may have to trust God to step out and do something new. I can assure you if you are moving forward in God your path in life will keep getting brighter.
“But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until full day.” Proverbs 4:18
Making progress requires letting go of the past and striving toward what lies ahead. Don’t let heavy weights hold you back. Release the past to God and let Him carry your burdens, failures, and regrets. Progress requires forgiveness.
Progress always involves risk; you can’t steal second base and keep your foot on first base. – Frederick Wilcox
“Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:12-14
Progress is all about breaking free from where you have been and moving up to new levels in God! Progress is exciting. It’s a fire on the inside of you to be stronger, believe more, to seek God in a deeper way! Progress is all about taking steps to be a better person, a better Christian, and to make your world a better place.
If you are tired of the same old stuff get determined today to make progress. Get a plan and be determined to do what you need to execute your plan. Let go of the things that have held you back and start moving forward today! It’s a day of progress, a new day to step into all that God has for you! Get excited about your journey again… you were made to be a success! Your journey is waiting!
Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning. – Benjamin Franklin