Progress

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Joining again today with the #Five Minute Friday group of writers where we write for 5 minutes on a one-word prompt. Today’s word is: Progress

I like to see progress, it is encouraging. Doing a huge pile of ironing and seeing it going down is seeing progress. When inputting a pile of data into a spreadsheet you can see your progress as you work through each entry. Some on-line survey’s show you your progress so that you know you are nearly finished and will keep on going to the end.

But what about spiritual progress? That is not so easy to track is it? Infact probably we are the last ones to be able to see our own progress, our own transforming to becoming more like Christ.

But what if progress looks like weakness? What if progress is shown by more reliance on the Lord? What if progress is being able to Praise through the pain? What if it is us in our desperation crying out to the Lord?

We may not see it, we may not feel it as progress, but the starting point could be us coming to the end of ourselves.

If so, dear friend, then let us press on, one dependent step at a time.

Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12-14

18 thoughts on “Progress”

  1. oh i love this! yes, you’re so right! progress is weakness, surrender, relying increasingly on Him and not on self. thank you for sharing this perspective.

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  2. I never thought it possible,
    never dreamt that it could be,
    but now, it seems, my cup is full
    for I’m at the end of Me.
    It sounded so demeaning,
    to admit that I was done,
    for I’d been ever-dreaming
    of a war yet to be won,
    but I was then compelled to drink
    the bitter gall of truth,
    and was forced, indeed to think
    of being past my youth
    when suddenly, the veil was torn
    and I was in His grace reborn.

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  3. We used the same verses 🙂 Sometimes I wonder if not seeing our progress is the way the Lord protects us from ourselves and pride. But one day when we stand before Him and hear the words, “Well done, good and faithful servant”, we will fully know we progressed.

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  4. That’s such a good point that progress doesn’t always look like we expect it to. So often we think of it as strength, but often it is in being more open about our weaknesses with God and others and allowing God to work in them.

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  5. “We may not see it, we may not feel it as progress, but the starting point could be us coming to the end of ourselves.”
    Amen! God gives us more of him the more we come to the end of ourselves and that is progress that eternally matters. Often times He uses disappointment, failure and hardship to draw us closer to Him.

    Loved this so much!

    Love,
    Annie FMF #17

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  6. This is so true. I don’t dare say that I arrived yet either. I am beginning to turn to God sooner than I used to in times of trouble. I hope I’m recognizing when the enemy is messing with me sooner, too. But it doesn’t always work this way. I guess that’s why we need to stay close to Jesus always. Thanks.

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