Updated: Jul 19
I'm learning that life is not meant to be a sprint, it's more of a marathon. I've never been a runner and oddly, I would prefer to sprint than marathon any day. I have always found it a big easier to make a big push for a short time, rather than a steady and consistent motion over a long period. But the problem with sprinting, is that it's not meant as a long-term activity. Neither is operating at a fast-pace daily. So I am learning to work slower, more calculated, and consistent over time. There are times when working this way wears me down, as any race will. In those times, I am reminded to press-on.
I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. - Philippians 3:14
The definition of ‘press on’ is to ‘continue moving forward in a forceful or steady way; to continue to do something especially in a determined way.' Pressing on may look like doing the same thing over and over in your job, raising kids, or going to school. It may look like trying again and again, even when nothing seems to be changing. It may look like writing, creating, or building a ministry, even if it does not seem to be growing. Pressing on, is believing that your work, effort, and dedication matters and is making a difference, even when you see no outward results.
What do you need to press into today? What hurdle do you need to jump? What victory are you waiting for?
My encouragement to you is to press on. Remember that you are not alone in your struggles, fears, or worries. Remember that there are others who have walked that path, paving the way before you. And there are others who will follow the footprints that you leave.
Press on knowing that you are making a difference in your life and for the people around you.