Slow And Steady

This post is written to link with Five Minute Friday– write for five minutes on a one-word prompt.  The prompt today is “slow.”

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“Slow and steady wins the race.”

Maybe you remember the story of the tortoise and the hare.  They decide to have a race against one another.  The hare is sure he will win, because obviously he is much faster than the tortoise.  He makes a quick start, but once he realises how far ahead he is he stops to have a rest, and unfortunately falls asleep.

The tortoise is much slower, but he keeps going.

Eventually the hare wakes up to discover to his surprise that the tortoise has overtaken him and made it to the finish.  Slow and steady has won the race!

Slow and steady is not necessarily exciting or glamorous, but perseverance and commitment do lead to good results in the end.

I think this is true of our growth as Christians.  It can be easy to look at others and think they are doing better than we are, or to look at ourselves and despair at our perceived lack of progress.

But every little baby step in the right direction is progress:

  • Every day we make time to read the Bible
  • Every time we remember to pray instead of worrying
  • Every time we hold to God’s truth when our feelings tell us the opposite
  • Every time we show love and grace when we are tempted to do otherwise
  • Every time we put others first, or surrender our will to God’s

It may not look like much, but it all adds up.

Eugene Peterson describes discipleship as “a long obedience in the same direction.”

It may not always feel exciting or that it’s making a great story, but slow and steady will win in the end.

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17 thoughts on “Slow And Steady

  1. Every time we hold to God’s truth when our feelings tell us the opposite
    Every time we show love and grace when we are tempted to do otherwise <—
    These stand out as ones that I could apply. I try. I fail. I keep trying. I love this prompt of slow so that we can remember what is important around us and in us. Your FMF neighbor to the right on the link up, Jenn

    p.s. I love tortoises and turtles. We live in Central Florida and have many in our area. I have posted turtle pics in the past. Now you have me wanting to dig through my old blog posts to find them. 🙂 Thank you. I will slow down this morning to read and look through memories.

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    1. Thanks, Jenn. I agree, slow is a great prompt for helping us think about what’s really important. I liked your turtle post and the pictures you shared. Hope you have a great weekend!

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  2. My husband and I use to jog together. I easily finished our 3 miles run before him. BUT…he always beat me in sprints and could push on to go a longer distance. He’s definitely the steady and determined one. Love the Peterson quote too.

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  3. Martin Luther once said, “The Christian life is not about arriving, but about becoming.” In other words, the Christian life is a continual learning process. Great analogy to the story of the tortoise and the hare. I’m in the 6 spot this week.

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  4. This whole post right here is such an encouragement, Lesley. Just the truth and nothing but. We want instant, amazing-looking progress… but we serve a thorough God, and He honors our steady and slow and careful growing. Thankful for you once again, friend!

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  5. Hi Lesley! Thank goodness we don’t have to run fast in the spiritual life. It’s probably better to go slowly and really make sure our steps are solid.
    I love that you say the small steps might not look like much, but really do help. That’s encouraging news. I think that’s part of being a child of God, children make slow progress but they do grow to maturity. That sounds good to me!
    Blessings,
    Ceil

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