This post is written to link with Five Minute Friday: write for five minutes on a one-word prompt. The prompt today is “complete.” I am also taking part in Write 31 Days (writing on a prompt every day during the month of October). I may not be posting on the blog every day, but you can find an index page where all the posts in the series will be added here.
Sometimes it can feel like we’re getting nowhere fast!
It’s like we go round and round in circles, covering the same ground over and over again. Just when we thought we had broken free we get pulled back into those old, familiar habits or ways of thinking and it can feel like we aren’t making any progress at all.
I was talking to a friend this week who has recently come to faith, and was alarmed to find some of her old thought patterns returning. I had to reassure her that it was completely normal, that it didn’t mean she was failing or that she had lost her faith.
I think we all have times when we feel like that, so let me encourage you today.
First of all, those little baby steps we take all add up. Sometimes the steps seem so small, but ever tiny step we take in the right direction moves us forward, and it’s worth it for those encouraging moments when we look back and suddenly realise we’ve come quite far!
Secondly, I once heard a preacher talk about how feeling like we’re going round in circles is normal, but that we should make sure we’re spiralling upwards. We can either let our moments of sin and discouragement pull us down into a spiral of despair or we can allow them to cause us to look upwards to receive God’s love and grace – definitely the better choice!
Finally, God is faithful. His work in us is not yet complete, but he is committed to the task and he will see it through.
“I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” (Philippians 1:6 NLT)