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